CLS Legal Staffing, a division of Chicago Legal Search, Ltd., provides the best permanent, temporary/contract and temp-to-perm legal staff recruiting and placement in Chicago. Today’s leading law firms and companies rely heavily on CLS Legal Staffing. We are confident we can successfully recruit the best talent for your organization.


CLS Legal Staffing’s top priority is to provide our candidates with outstanding opportunities at Chicago’s most prestigious law firms and corporations. We take a personal approach, listening to your needs to help you achieve your career goals. Working with CLS Legal Staffing, you gain immediate access to a wide range of opportunities and the decision makers.



We are pleased to announce the addition of CLS Legal Staffing's newest consultant, Jonna H. Cottrell, and our company's new Manager of Client Development, Weslie R. Norris. Jonna received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brandeis University in May 2013. She previously worked as a legal assistant in a law firm specializing in immigration law for one year. Prior to that, she interned for the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild in Boston, MA, where she focused on non-profit development and research. Weslie graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago in 2014, with a B.A. in English and a minor in International Business. During her final semester, she worked as an intern for the Loyola Community Literacy Center, assisting individuals in the acquisition of language and literacy skills. Over the summer of 2012, she worked as a legal assistant for the firm Lavelle & Lavelle in Phoenix, AZ.

Assisting Law Firms & Corporations in Their Search for Exceptional Legal Staff

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    I had a wonderful experience working with Emily.  She was responsive, energetic, and a great listener.  I appreciate how supportive she was during the process and how eager she was to be helpful.  Even when I called her at the last minute with no notice, she made time to meet with me and help me think through my situation. Emily is focused on making a placement that works for both sides.  Amidst her perseverance and diligence, she is also very attentive and responsive to the particular concerns of the candidate.


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    Ogletree Deakins