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"The Department of Law offers attorneys, new and seasoned, and opportunity to work on exciting legal matters in the front lines.   Additionally, the camaraderie within the Department contributes to an extraordinary positive working environment."

What We Do


"The City of Chicago Department of Law is committed to effective, ethical and professional practice of law on behalf of the City Departments, the City Council, and the citizens of the City of Chicago.

We shall actively strive to recruit, hire, and retain qualified lawyers and staff members of diverse backgrounds, consistent with the City's policy to promote equal employment opportunities for all City employees and applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability."

Stephen R. Patton, Corporation Counsel

Supporting Information

Why join the Law Department?

                   EXPECTATIONS                           +                      OPPORTUNITIES

  • Intellectually Challenging Work
  • Argue Appeals
  • Great Reputation
  • Conduct Trials
  • Commitment to Public Service
  • Community Involvement
  • Competitive Government Salary
  • Draft Legislation
  • Multiple Practice Areas
  • Implement Financing Strategies
  • In-House Training
  • Interact with City Officials
  • Professional Development
  • Partner with other Departments
  • Career Advancement
  • Preserve Housing
  • Excellent Client Contact
  • Prosecute Municipal Code
  • Balanced Workload
  • Provide Legal Opinions
  • Practice in State and Federal Court
  • Review & Negotiate Contracts



Enhanced Quality of Life

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A new quality of life awaits you!