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Assistant Attorney General-Criminal Appeals

Illinois Attorney General's Office
Chicago, Illinois 60601
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Criminal Appeals Division is the sole office responsible for briefing and presenting oral argument on behalf of the People in criminal cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. We regularly brief and argue habeas corpus cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after defending those cases in federal district court. Our practice also includes filings before the United States Supreme Court; briefing and presenting oral argument before the Illinois Appellate Court; defending the constitutionality of criminal statutes at the circuit court level throughout Illinois; and drafting and reviewing legislative proposals related to criminal law. Our cases typically involve constitutional or statutory construction issues and can present matters of first impression. Assistants are encouraged to collaborate to deepen their understanding of Illinois criminal law and ensure its principled application and development. The Division is a collegial environment where attorneys are encouraged to discuss their cases and share ideas. All attorneys are assigned a mentor and have access to free, in-house continuing legal education programs.

Attorneys enjoy considerable autonomy in briefing cases under the guidance of supervising attorneys and participate in moot courts to prepare for oral arguments. New hires can expect to present an oral argument within one year.

Salaries start at $65,000, and increase based on years of experience.


The ideal candidate will have an interest in criminal and constitutional law and strong research and writing skills. At least two years of experience is preferred but not required. Candidates must be licensed in Illinois at the time of application.

To ensure full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, references, two writing samples, and a copy of your law school transcripts.


Posted: 2019-08-16 Expires: 2019-09-15

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Assistant Attorney General-Criminal Appeals

Illinois Attorney General's Office
Chicago, Illinois 60601

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