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ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN
DESCRIPTION OF LAW CLERK PROGRAM

BASIC INFORMATION

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement. For more information regarding the various divisions and bureaus within the Office, you may review our programs and services brochure (PDF).

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or regional office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information, and to download an application form, students should visit the Illinois Attorney General's website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/index.html. Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero at 312-814-5197, aotero@atg.state.il.us

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I apply to serve as a volunteer law clerk in the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan?

Application forms and instructions are available on the Attorney General's website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov. You should print out an application form, fill it out, attach relevant documents, and mail the entire packet to the Attorney General's Office at the address provided on the application form.

What is the deadline for submitting law clerk applications?

We recommend that you submit applications according to the following schedule:

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the spring semester (January through April) should submit their applications by December 1st.

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the summer (May through August) should submit their applications by March 1st.

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the fall semester (September through December) should submit their applications by September 1st.

Are there minimum requirements for law clerk applicants?

Yes, there are two minimum requirements. First, you must be a current law student. Law school graduates may not serve as volunteer law clerks, although they may apply for jobs as Assistant Attorneys General. Second, you must commit to working at least 12 hours per week for 8 consecutive weeks during the fall and spring semesters; you must commit to working at least 16 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks during the summer. Please note many law clerks work more hours and more weeks than this, and some preference may be given to law students who are able to commit to working more than the minimum number of hours and weeks.

How can I increase the chances that I will be selected to serve as a law clerk in the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and that I will be able to work in a particular division or bureau?

There are number of ways you can increase the chances that you will be selected to serve as a law clerk and that you will be able to work in a particular division or bureau. You can increase your chances by seeking to serve as a law clerk:

  • During the academic year rather than the summer

  • In the Springfield office or one of the regional offices rather than the Chicago office

  • In a bureau or division that accepts a relatively large number of law clerks (you can contact the recruiting coordinator for more information)

Can I get law school credit for my service as a law clerk?

This depends on the policies of your law school. If your law school allows you to receive academic credit for your service as a law clerk, and you meet your school's requirements, we will do our part to ensure that you receive the credit to which you are entitled.


An Equal Opportunity Employer

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is an equal opportunity employer. The Office considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.

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