Fellowship Program

As the legal industry continues to become more competitive, attorneys may find themselves in a transition period in their career and recent graduates may be looking for a practice-ready program to launch their career. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) offers recent graduates and practitioners with up to five years of experience the opportunity to volunteer with our office through our Fellowship Program. Fellowships are a unique way for attorneys to gain meaningful and practical legal experience as they enter the profession. A Fellowship with the CCSAO offers young attorneys invaluable, hands-on experience, advocating in a courtroom on a daily basis.

A Fellowship can last between 3 to 12 months. During that time, Fellows can work in the Civil Actions Bureau, the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, or the Special Prosecutions Bureau (Attorneys wishing to serve in the Special Prosecutions Bureau are asked to commit to a 6 month term). A Fellow will work alongside ASAs who are nationally recognized as some of the best litigators in the country.

With more than 700 attorneys and more than 1,100 employees, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation. The CCSAO is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Cook County, one of the largest counties in the United States. The Special Prosecutions Bureau has units dedicated to Financial Crimes, Professional Standards, Conviction Integrity, Human Trafficking, Consumer Fraud and Mental Health.

In addition to direct criminal prosecution, the State’s Attorney also serves as legal counsel for the government of Cook County and provides legal advice to the Cook County Board of Commissioners and elected officials. The Office’s Civil Actions Bureau litigates civil cases in state, federal and administrative courts. The Bureau has sections dedicated to Child Support Enforcement, Civil Rights, Labor and Employment, Municipal Litigation, Real Estate Taxation, Torts, Medical Malpractice and Workers Compensation.

A Fellowship with the CCSAO provides deposition, discovery, negotiation, drafting, filing, appellate and trial work on various levels. Fellows will gain a knowledge base unrivaled by their peers. A Fellowship with the CCSAO accelerates the attorney’s counseling skills through interaction with victims of crime and high-profile county officeholders as clients. As part of the CCSAO Fellowship Program, attorneys are eligible to participate in the same trial advocacy, professional development and continuing legal education training offered to Assistant State's Attorneys.

A CCSAO Fellowship is an enriching experience that enables attorneys to better counsel clients and recent graduates to distinguish their services while maintaining a commitment to helping serve the People of Cook County. Anyone interested should download, complete, and submit the attorney application. Candidates will be contacted for an interview once we have received a complete application with all requisite materials. Candidates can expect one interview with the Director of Legal Hiring. A second interview may be conducted with an ASA from the unit where the candidate may be assigned. All offers are conditioned upon passing a comprehensive background check.

All applicants are required to sign Office Release Forms.

All inquiries can be directed to attyhire@cookcountyil.gov.