The mission of the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender (CCPD) is to protect the rights, liberties and dignity of each person whose case has been entrusted to us by providing the finest legal representation. Our clients are accused of offenses ranging from traffic and misdemeanor charges to capital murder. The Office was established in 1930 and defends poor people in the largest unified court system in the world. At the beginning of 2006, the staff consisted of 742 authorized positions: 549 attorneys, 116 support staff and 77 investigators.
The Law Office is currently organized into several divisions:
The Law Offices of the Public Defender are located throughout Cook County.
The office is normally open from 8:30a.m. until 6:00p.m., Monday through Friday; however, the nature of the work often demands more than a forty-hour week.
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in working with the poor, a capacity to work long hours, as well as the ability to develop excellent litigation and writing skills. Attorneys joining the Office are asked to give a commitment to remain for at least three years. Applications can be obtained from
Cook County Employment Listings.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
All persons interested in applying for an attorney position must fill out and file an application online at:
Cook County Employment Listings. (See "Offices under the President") Applications may only be filed when positions are posted and available.
We have no paid internships or law clerk positions. All of our positions are on a volunteer basis.
If you are interested in volunteering with our office for experience or school credit you will need a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation, preferably from your law school or undergraduate professors. You will also need to provide copies of your transcripts, official or unofficial.
Send all documents via PDF attachment to:
Our Office utilizes the finest support available, including: Accountants, Administrative Assistants, Case Workers, Clerks, Secretaries, Interpreters, Investigators, Librarians, Mitigation Specialists.
All persons interested in applying for an investigator or support staff position should apply online at:
Cook County Employment Listings
(See "Offices under the President") Applications may only be filed when positions are posted and available
Public Defender, Law Office of
69 W. Washington Suite 1600