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Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Fellow – Solicitor General – Chicago

Title: Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Fellow

Division: Solicitor General – Chicago


The Illinois Solicitor General is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve in a limited term assignment as an Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Fellow. The Solicitor General is responsible for representing the State of Illinois before the U.S. Supreme Court and ensuring the excellence of the Attorney General’s appellate practice. The Solicitor General also provides appellate advice to all divisions within the Attorney General’s Office; oversees the preparation of briefs, petitions, and other papers filed by the Office in appellate courts, including the U.S. and Illinois Supreme Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and argues selected appeals. The Fellow participates in and supports the Solicitor General’s full range of operations, and works with other attorneys in the Attorney General’s Office on a variety of cases involving significant constitutional, statutory, and policy questions.

Duties include researching and advising on complex or novel legal issues; assisting with the review and preparation of recommendations for action in appellate matters, including filing or joining amicus curiae briefs and other multistate litigation; handling or assisting with the drafting of briefs and other court papers; and assisting with preparation for oral argument, including participating in moot courts. The Fellowship will begin in August/September 2023 and is one year in duration.


The Fellowship is designed for recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers who are committed to public service and have exceptional legal research and writing skills. The Fellowship is open to third-year law students at accredited law schools, newly admitted lawyers in their first three years of practice, judicial clerks, and individuals participating in government, academic, or public interest fellowships. Applicants must be Illinois Bar members or plan to take the Illinois Bar exam (or otherwise apply for Bar membership) prior to beginning the Fellowship.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2022.

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

Thor Y. Inouye
Director of Attorney Recruiting, Professional Development, and Diversity
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-3695
(312) 814-5218 (fax)

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The Illinois Attorney General's Office is an equal opportunity employer. The Office considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.

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