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Appellate Court Law Clerk

Vacancy Announcement

  • Division
    Fifth District Appellate Court
  • Benefits
    An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation.
  • Salary

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Justice Judy Cates of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District is accepting applications for the position of judicial law clerk. Duties of this position include legal research, writing, and analysis, and reviewing and assisting in the drafting of judicial opinions, orders, and other legal documents. The position will be available on August 1, 2021.


  • Conducts legal research and prepares memoranda of law analyzing issues of law and procedure.
  • Advises the Justice on applicable court rules and points of law in pending cases; verifies the jurisdiction of the court.
  • Reviews common law records and reports of the proceedings from the circuit court and administrative agencies.
  • Reads, examines, and determines case law relevant to a specific case or issue.
  • Writes proposed dispositions, memoranda, orders, opinions, and other legal documents; drafts case memos in preparation for oral argument; reviews petitions for rehearing and other motions.
  • Studies current legal publications, recent opinions of the Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Courts, and other relevant state and federal cases; interprets new statutes according to legislative intent and reviews recent legislation.
  • Assists the Justice in her preparations for educational conferences and speaking engagements.
  • May supervise the work of law school externs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Justice.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required. Applicants must have a strong academic record; superior skills in legal research, analysis, and writing; the ability to work independently; familiarity with Microsoft Office Programs; outstanding communication, computer, and organizational skills; and the ability to utilize electronic platforms, including videoconferencing, and related technology. Preference will be given to those with prior experience as a judicial law clerk or research attorney. Writing experience, such as Law Review, or similar journal experience, is preferred, but not required. A strong commitment to legal research is also required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. Applicants must have the ability to work remotely and to collaborate virtually, as required.

Application Process: Interested individuals should submit - via email - a cover letter, resume (GPA, class rank and bar status), a complex writing sample (not just a simple motion), and 3 references to:

This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by Tuesday, June 15, 2021, will be given first consideration.


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