Assistant Corporation Counsel I - Building and License Enforcement Division
Chicago, IL 
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Assistant Corporation Counsel I - Building and License Enforcement Division Job Number: 360115


Building and License Enforcement ("BLE") Division

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel I in the BLE Division to represent the City in Municipal Code enforcement cases related to the public's health and safety, including building code, police, and licensing matters. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the BLE Division and will handle litigation in state court. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will also be responsible for evaluating cases, drafting pleadings and motions, propounding and answering discovery, engaging in legal research, negotiating settlements, presenting oral arguments and evidentiary hearings, conducting trials, and counseling law clerks on such tasks. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will also communicate with City Departments, community groups, and Aldermanic offices; review proposed ordinances and legislation; respond to subpoenas; oversee special projects and initiatives; and counsel law clerks on such tasks. The substantive areas of law will include, among others, buildings, zoning, licensing, and other related real estate and property matters. This position requires initiative, flexibility, time management, and the ability to think and respond to urgent situations.


Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with all application materials by the post-extension date April 18, 2023.

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples; and
  • *Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar's equivalent), if applicable or a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school and intent to take the bar exam to obtain required IL Licensure indicated in cover letter.

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS: Working for the City of Chicago Department of Law may qualify you for loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For detailed information, visit or contact your federal loan servicer.

NOTE REGARDING REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references. Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above. Submission of references and/or additional materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.


Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree and admission to the Illinois (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).*

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any American law school that has passed and maintains the requirements of accreditation by the American Bar Association ().

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • demonstrated academic achievement;
  • experience handling litigation in state court and administrative proceedings;
  • strong writing skills, including experience drafting or responding to pleadings, motions, and discovery;
  • previous municipal law and/or prosecutorial work experience;
  • excellent negotiation and communication (oral and writing) skills;
  • ability to respond quickly in emergency situations; and
  • demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.


This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on the documents submitted. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago Department of Law Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot Celia Meza Christopher Owen

Mayor Corporation Counsel Commissioner

Job Posting: Jan 13, 2023, 9:39:38 PM Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: Apr 19, 2023, 4:59:00 AM
BU: 09 Salary: commensurate w/ exp Pay Basis:Yearly


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
commensurate w/ exp
Required Experience
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