Legal Intern – Unpaid Student Intern

Summer Fall Spring
                                   Application Deadline: April 1, 2017                                     TBA                                                      Now accepting

Chicago’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is a watchdog for the taxpayers of the City of Chicago with jurisdiction to conduct independent inquiries into most aspects of City government. The mission of OIG is to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in City government by rooting out corruption, waste, and mismanagement. OIG is organized into five operational units, three mission units—Investigations, Audit and Program Review, and Hiring Oversight—and two support units—Legal and Operations.

OIG’s Legal Section provides professional operational support to all of the other office components. The attorneys are frequently paired with investigators, performance analysts, and compliance officers to assist in complex investigations, audits, and program reviews and to help ensure that OIG investigations produce legally sound results. In disciplinary cases, Legal generates Summary Reports of Investigation that provide an overview and analysis of the evidence, along with findings and recommendations for final and formal decision by department heads. Additionally, under the Legal section Hiring Oversight performs legally mandated audits and reviews of the City’s hiring and employment practices to ensure compliance with the various City Hiring Plans. This section also provides guidance, training, and program recommendations to City departments handling a broad and complex array of employment-related actions.

INTERNSHIP

OIG invites law students who will have completed at least their first year to apply for internship opportunities with OIG’s Legal Section.  The internship experience will provide students with an opportunity to gain substantive legal experience in the areas of internal investigations, labor and employment law, criminal law and procedure, governmental oversight, governmental ethics, and compliance.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, however applications for summer should be submitted by April 1st.  Applicants should indicate when they wish to intern (Fall, Winter or Summer) and their weekly time commitment. These are temporary positions.  The numbers of positions available are limited.

 

Applicants must demonstrate good judgment, high ethical standards, and strong analytical and writing skills. The internship is unpaid. However, externship course credit may be available through the student’s law school. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample.

 

NOTE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE INDIVIDUAL APPLYING. NO SECOND PARTY APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REQUIRES THAT ITS EMPLOYEES BE NONPARTISAN AND FREE FROM CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.  APPLICANTS MUST AGREE TO A BACKGROUND CHECK.

 

ANNUAL SALARY:  Unpaid

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Academic Standing:

  • Must be a candidate for a Juris Doctorate degree at an accredited law school.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale or a 3.75 on a 5.0 grading scale.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Completion of coursework in Administrative Law, Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Civil & Criminal Procedure is desirable, but not required.
  • Methods and techniques of legal research.

Prior Work Experience

  • Prior professional experience in government, law, law enforcement, or compliance is desirable.

 

DUTIES:  Legal interns will assist OIG attorneys in a wide range of legal projects related to OIG criminal and administrative investigations, audit and program reviews, and other special projects. Interns will perform legal research and draft legal memoranda.

INSTRUCTIONS:
To apply for this job title, do NOT use the City of Chicago online application. Follow these six steps:

  1. Submit to e-mail address jobs@chicagoinspectorgeneral.org;
  2. In the subject line, type in the job title for which you are applying;
  3. Attach your cover letter for this job title;
  4. Attach your resume;
  5. Attach your writing sample; and
  6. Attach your transcript.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide all the information listed above. If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, your submission will be incomplete and you will not be considered for an interview. Application materials will only be accepted by e-mail at jobs@chicagoinspectorgeneral.org. If there is more than one open position in which you are interested, you may apply for more than one title by submitting an individual e-mail for each title. Repeat instruction steps one through six with each e-mail.

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