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Staff Attorney – 2023 Fall Class

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Legal Aid Chicago

For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.

In addition to representing individuals in court and administrative hearings, we run community legal clinics, provide know-your-rights workshops, and work with community-based organizations to address emerging issues as well as persistent problems that affect low-income families. At Legal Aid Chicago we are actively engaged in dialogue regarding how legal services organizations can contribute to and further racial justice.

Case handlers work in one of six practice groups: Consumer, Children and Families, Housing, Immigrants and Workers’ Rights, Pro Bono and Community Partnerships, and Public Benefits. For further information about our practice groups, please see our website.

Position: Legal Aid Chicago seeks six full-time staff attorneys to begin in fall 2023. Applicants must be willing to work in any of the above practice groups. Ultimate placements will be assigned based upon practice group need and considering the interests, skills, and experience of the applicant.


  • Manage an individual caseload and provide full and effective legal representation to individuals and/or groups
  • Interview eligible clients on issues handled within the practice group and provide advice and brief service in appropriate cases
  • Participate in weekly team meetings to present new cases and reach team consensus on representation
  • Work with other practice group staff in interdisciplinary work
  • Maintain knowledge in other areas of law handled by Legal Aid Chicago to ensure that clients’ legal needs are identified and met in those areas
  • Participate in complex litigation or advocacy to address systemic issues
  • Collaborate on projects that could involve outreach to community groups, developing new strategies for serving our clients, or address systemic issues through litigation, negotiation or advocacy
  • Assist with grant reporting, as appropriate and applicable
  • Maintain case files and accurate timekeeping in electronic case management system
  • Participate in training to agencies, advocates, clients, or community groups about legal services and rights impacting low income persons and other vulnerable persons
  • Participate in other activities related to poverty law including publication, permissible legislative and administrative advocacy, media relations, and fundraising
  • Handle other duties as determined by the Supervisory Attorneys and the Director.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided group life and long-term disability insurance, fitness center access, generous paid time off, and much more.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree and be a member of the Illinois bar, be licensed to practice law in another state and able to waive into the Illinois bar, or have taken the Illinois bar prior to their start date with results pending. The successful applicant will be collegial, well organized, and demonstrate a commitment to and experience with our client communities and/or people living in poverty, and applicants are encouraged to share that experience in their cover letter. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. Second language proficiency preferred; Spanish language a plus.

To Apply: Provide resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and the names and contact information of two professional references, one of whom should be familiar with your legal and advocacy skills (e.g. a current/former employer, clinical professor, or internship supervisor). Please include your first and second choice of practice group placement in your cover letter. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2023.

Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply. 

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