Why Chicago Legal Search and CLS Legal Staffing?

We are a diversity-owned and managed Chicago-based company with a long-standing reputation as a trusted-advisor and recruiting partner within the legal community. We have a 30+ year demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion within the Chicago legal workforce. Our recruiters work with candidates to understand both their career and personal aspirations to make strategic decisions, which increases the likelihood of a successful, long-term fit with a new employer.

What We Do

Many of our recruiters are attorneys with different substantive practice area backgrounds. We understand how important it is to identify opportunities that are compatible with your interests, areas of expertise, and career goals. We maintain a carefully cultivated network of professional, business, and personal contacts that provides us with the insight to best advise you on how to make the most of your career options.

Throughout your job search, you will receive individualized attention from one of our experienced recruiters.

We offer:

Resume preparation and revisions
Effective interview techniques and strategies
A current and ongoing evaluation of the Chicago legal job market
An inside look into employers’ hiring trends and cultures
Help evaluating employment offers
Career Advice

Diversity Without Exclusion

More than just words…

Chicago Legal Search, a NGLCC-certified and LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois member, and its division, CLS Legal Staffing, recognize that cultural diversity, inclusive at all levels, provides a stronger platform for continued success. This reflects your organization’s value by fostering creative thinking among people who have a multiplicity of backgrounds and experiences.

We are fortunate to have created a strong network of professional relationships based on this platform and belief. Diversity continues to be the core-contributing factor that drives our compassion, united vision, and position as a leader in our profession. To that end, we hold ourselves to the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

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The number one reason employers use recruitment agencies?

Save time.

We work to streamline the hiring process and fill vacancies more efficiently.


Oftentimes, your hiring needs may be finite or within a niche practice area. We work to identify and shortlist only those correctly qualified for the position.

We also:

  • Identify qualified candidates that also make a cultural fit, which reduces the risk associated with turnover costs.
  • Obtain access to passive candidates who will likely not otherwise be aware of your job opportunity.
  • Provide valuable market knowledge and industry-related developments, including hiring trends and direct competition.
  • Provide vital sector updates relating to employment legislation, including the relevant requirements and up-to-date legalities within the industry.

I recently used CLS Legal Staffing to hire a part-time legal assistant for my suburban law practice. I immediately received resumes for a variety of well qualified individuals. Within a very short period of time, I met and selected a candidate for the job. I was impressed with the efficiency of the individuals I worked with at CLS, the prompt responses to my communications, and, as indicated above, the quality of the candidates presented. I will most definitely use CLS for my future staffing needs.

Annette B. Hurley, Partner HURLEY LAW OFFICE, LLC October 2, 2019

Our top priority is to find candidates better job opportunities and employers the best candidates.
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