Cook County State's Attorney's Office Clerkship Program Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Clerkship Program in the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s, the nation’s second largest county prosecutor’s office. The Clerkship Program provides law school students with invaluable legal experience in Chicago and suburban Cook County offices. We offer many rewarding and exciting opportunities litigating the following types of cases:   

Criminal Civil
• Felony Trial • Civil Rights
• Sex Crimes Unit • Constitutional Law
• Special Prosecutions Bureau • Labor and Employment
• Juvenile Justice Bureau • Medical Malpractice
• Narcotics Bureau • Plaintiff-Side Torts
• Appeals Unit • Municipal Litigation
• Civil Actions Bureau • State and Federal Litigation

The program is highly competitive due to the hands-on, challenging and relevant work experience. We have a team of prosecutors who have earned nation-wide recognition for excellence, have a passion for public service and strive to seek justice for the People we serve. Clerks are paired with one of these outstanding Assistant State’s Attorney’s to learn from the best during their clerkship.

The Clerkship Program is designed for students only. Clerkships are offered in the summer and during the academic year. We accept applications year-round and interview candidates on a rolling basis. We post opportunities with the local law schools periodically and generally participate in on-campus interviews. Undergraduate students with relevant experience or education are welcome to apply.

If you are a law school student and have completed at least one-half of the total, hourly credits required for graduation, you are eligible to apply for the 711 license. While clerking for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, you will be eligible to handle your own cases under the supervision of an Assistant State’s Attorney. Please contact your law school registrar office for more information on how to obtain a 711 license. Given that the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney is the second largest county prosecutor’s office in the nation, there is no shortage of opportunities for clerks with 711 licenses to gain excellent hands-on courtroom experience. For more information, please refer to Rule 711 on the Illinois Courts website here (or download a PDF application here).

NOTE: Funding deadlines for scholarships and stipends offered by individual schools and organizations vary so check with your funding source before applying. Please note on your application if you are receiving academic credit or a stipend during your requested clerkship semester. Also, note if there is a deadline for your funding source.

Once we have reviewed your materials, all qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone or in-person interview. Students are asked to rank where they would like to work for informational purposes only. We will make every effort to assign a student to their desired location but based on the high volume of applications we receive, it may not always be possible. Students will be assigned based on the needs and availability of the office.

A completed application consists of the following:

  •     An Application Form (download here; PDF)
  •     A signed and dated Release Form (electronic signatures will not be accepted)
  •     Current Resume
  •     At least one letter of recommendation from a Professor or Employer
  •     A Current Transcript

Additionally, Law School students must include a Legal Writing Sample (not to exceed five pages).

Please note if any materials will be sent separately. Incomplete Applications will not be considered.

Please return your completed application to:

Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney

saointerns@cookcountyil.gov

Attn: Clerkship Program
69 W. Washington, suite 3200
Chicago, Illinois 60602