The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office Internship Program seeks to allow students opportunities to not only observe, but to also become active participants in the courts system. As the representative for the People of the State of Illinois, the State’s Attorney’s Office both prosecutes individuals accused of crimes and also acts as legal counsel for St. Clair County in civil cases. Law students who have obtained their Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license are given the opportunity to appear in court representing the People of the State of Illinois in a variety of different types of proceedings. Law students not yet eligible for a 711 license area also given a wide range of opportunities to learn and serve.
Past interns have assisted in the review of cases for charges, legal research and writing, presentation of cases to the Grand Jury, conducting Preliminary Hearings, arguing motions, preparing cases for trial, and trying cases. Having those experiences prior to even graduating law school has proved invaluable for many interns, a number of whom have also accepted full-time positions in the Office after graduation.
Applicants should be team-oriented and have a strong commitment to public service. Applicants are also required to pass a background check and drug test prior to beginning their internship.
If you are interested in interning with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office please mail a resume and cover letter attention to ASA Daniel E. Lewis, Chief of the Criminal Bureau.
The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office Fellowship Program seeks to give licensed attorneys the opportunity to become sworn Assistant State’s Attorneys, thereby gaining valuable skills that may lead to a potential offer for full-time employment when a position becomes available in the office. While these are volunteer positions, numerous previous fellows have been employed on a full-time basis in this office, or the experience has led them to be hired by other prosecutor’s offices or law firms. State’s Attorney Fellows are true Assistant State’s Attorney’s in every sense of the word, representing the People of the State of Illinois in trials, hearings, and plea negotiations just as any other Assistant State’s Attorney does.
State’s Attorney Fellows are subject to all of the same rules and conditions of employment as any other county employee. This includes a criminal background check and drug test prior to beginning employment.
If you are interested in becoming a Fellow with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office please mail a resume and cover letter attention to ASA Daniel E. Lewis, Chief of the Criminal Bureau
The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office employs 28 full-time Assistant State’s Attorneys and 22 Support Staff Members. The office constantly strives to find highly-qualified and motivated individuals to fill vacancies when they occur. All new employees, regardless of position, are required to undergo a criminal records check and submit to a drug test prior to beginning their employment. Additionally, all St. Clair County employees must become residents of St. Clair County within 90 days of beginning their employment.
We offer starting salaries that are competitive with similarly situated counties. All full-time positions also include health, dental, optical, and life insurance as well as a pension plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
St. Clair County has an established Equal Employment and non-discrimination policy that requires employment decisions be made without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, pregnancy, or physical or mental disabilities unrelated to the ability to perform essential job functions.
For Assistant State’s Attorney positions, candidates are judged individually and the following criteria may be given consideration for interviewing and hiring:
- Academic standing and accomplishments.
- Law School Course Selections focusing on criminal law and procedure, evidence, and practical skill and clinical courses.
- Prior work experience and internships, both legal and non-legal.
- Documented interest in and history of public service and/or volunteerism.
- Recommendations and references regarding personal and professional integrity.
If you are interested in being considered for employment by the Office, please forward a resume, cover letter, and list of references to the attention of Steven Sallerson, First Assistant State’s Attorney.