The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois employs approximately 340 permanent status employees in a variety of professional, administrative, technical and clerical occupations. The office also employs about a dozen students on temporary appointments. Most of the staff is assigned to the main office located in downtown Chicago, and there is a small branch office located in Rockford.
The office is committed to equal employment opportunity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. The office welcomes applications from persons with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons.
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for employment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Opportunities for Attorneys
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post J.D. experience. Additionally, it is desired that successful candidates have excellent academics, significant litigation experience, criminal law experience, strong legal writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.