Third Year Law Students

If you want to devote your career to being a nationally recognized litigator while making a difference in people’s lives, you should apply to join the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA). Cook County is home to Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, making Cook County one of the largest counties in the nation and greatest places to work. The area’s diversity is reflected in the people we work for on a daily basis to represent in criminal and civil proceedings.

First year ASAs start in our Criminal Appeals Division and can be assigned to either the Civil Actions Bureau or the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau thereafter.

Our office follows a standard interviewing and hiring process of 3L students each year. In August, September and October, representatives from our office participate in national and local job fairs and participate in person or electronically in OCI programs at over 20 law schools across the nation.

During the OCI process, we interview 3Ls who are graduating in January and June who are planning to take the Illinois Bar Examination. If your school’s OCI schedule is full, the law school will notify us of students who attempted to obtain an interview, but through no fault of their own, were unable to make the schedule. We will make every effort to accommodate these students. If we do not participate in your school’s OCI process, please email us to request an interview.

After the first round of interviews, we select applicants to advance to a second and final round of interviews at our downtown Chicago office in late November and December. Candidates will be notified by the middle of November if they are being invited back for a final interview. While there is no deadline to submit an application, all 3Ls are strongly encouraged to apply by October 1 or according to their school’s OCI deadline.

All first round interviews are conducted by a panel of two ASAs with ten or more years of experience as licensed attorneys. All final interviews are conducted by a panel of three management and executive level ASAs.

The office plans to extend offers by Spring of each year. Because of budget uncertainties, it is difficult to predict the number of new hires for a given year. While we always strive to maintain this general schedule, we cannot guarantee any exact dates. Please note that all offers are conditioned upon taking and passing both the Illinois Bar Examination and a comprehensive background check.

Because of the volume of applicants each year, the Office of Hiring and Recruiting will make every effort to return emails or phone calls from students seeking an application status update. We send out communication to students informing them of their status as soon as we receive that information. To make additions to your file or inform us of changes in your address, phone etc., please email the information to our office. Your adherence to the policy of emailing rather than calling will allow the Office of Hiring and Recruiting to perform its function and to distribute information to all concerned on a timely basis.

All applicants are required to sign Office Release Forms.

You can download our application here.

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