Employers’ Hiring FAQ

What are the advantages of working with a recruiter?

Using a recruiter can provide a cost effective and time saving method for finding the most qualified and appropriate lawyers for your search. Chicago Legal Search consistently recruits attorneys who have exceptional credentials and experience. These attorneys are “superstars” who are in excellent standing with their current employers and are too busy to read or respond to classified advertisements. Instead, they rely on us to present attractive job opportunities to them. We promote your position and provide our candidates detailed information about your opportunity. Our recruiters screen every candidate before submitting them to you. When submitting our candidates, we send you a detailed cover letter, providing information relating to why each candidate is interested in your position, their current practice and responsibilities, and their personality. We strive to find those lawyers who have both the precise experience you require and personality to be a good fit with your firm or company.

What makes Chicago Legal Search stand out?

Founded in 1988, Chicago Legal Search is one of the oldest and largest attorney recruiting companies in Chicago. We are well-known and trusted throughout the Chicago legal community for our ethics, dedication and committment to our clients, and the quality of our recruiting results. Through our database of more than 32,000 attorneys in the Chicago market and our tireless recruiting efforts, we can effectively provide you with immediate and in depth access to the most highly qualified attorneys. Our recruiters have a combined total of more than 60 years of legal and recruiting experience. We love the business of recruiting and take pride in assisting you in finding the ideal candidate for your search. We also confidentially advertise your position on our web site, which is consistently identified at the top of search engine results for attorney jobs in Chicago.

What does Chicago Legal Search charge for conducting an attorney search?

You can review detailed information about all of our recruiting packages on our Search Options page. If we conduct the search on a contingency or exclusive basis, there is no fee to you unless you hire a lawyer whom we have submitted. You can review resumes through us at no cost and compare their quality to those you receive from other sources. Should you hire a CLS-submitted candidate, the placement fee is based on a percentage of the placed lawyer’s compensation. We offer a six-month pro-rata guarantee on our contingency and exclusive placements (This pro-rata guarantee is extended to twelve months for retained searches). For additional information, please contact our office.

Will all of the recruiters at CLS work on my search?

Yes, unlike many other search firms that have only one recruiter working on your behalf, all of our recruiters work on all of our searches.

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  • “Chicago Legal Search has assisted us with our in-house attorney searches. Their recruiters quickly presented resumes of several exceptional candidates and assisted us throughout the hiring process. The attorneys we hired have been great additions to our legal department. We are extremely pleased with the results of our recruiting relationship with Chicago Legal Search.”

    Mary E. Doohan, Group Counsel

    Morton International, Inc., Morton Salt


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