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Staff Attorneys with the Legislative Reference Bureau work directly with legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists to draft bills and amendments for the Illinois General Assembly. Our attorneys also counsel legislators and legislative staff on the legal aspects of matters being addressed by the General Assembly, and research the ongoing impact of Illinois and federal court decisions on Illinois' statutes.
A successful applicant must be able to write clear and correct English, communicate effectively with the Bureau's legislative clients, work independently, and fulfill the trust imposed by the legislature on the Bureau, including the obligation to maintain strict confidentiality. The position requires a law degree and admission to (or eligibility for) the Illinois bar.
The position is a salaried, full-time position with benefits and regular step raises. Compensation is based on individual qualifications and experience, beginning at $4,583 per month for attorneys recently admitted to the bar. The position requires that a person be available to work on evenings, weekends, and holidays during certain times of the year because of legislative requirements.
Training, including on-the-job training and one-on-one mentoring, is provided to all new hires, and is part of the Bureau's larger collaborative culture.
Legislative Reference Bureau
The primary responsibility of the Legislative Reference Bureau is the drafting and preparation of bills, amendments, and other legislation for the Illinois General Assembly. Attorneys employed by the Bureau provide legal advice and drafting services to legislators and staff of both parties and both chambers, as well as lobbyists, working on a nonpartisan basis in a confidential lawyer-client relationship.