Search Options

Contingency Search

  • Our fee is 20% of the total guaranteed first-year compensation.
  • The fee will be due on or before the candidate’s employment start date.
  • On-point candidates will be presented as soon as possible after they are identified.
  • Thirty (30) day full refund guarantee period.

Exclusive Search

  • Our reduced fee is less than 20% of the total guaranteed first-year compensation.
  • The fee will be due within seven (7) days of the candidate’s employment start date.
  • CLS Legal Staffing will be the only outside search firm utilized for this search and from whom candidate resumes may be accepted for a ninety (90) day period. You may continue your internal recruiting efforts.
  • On-point candidates will be presented within ten (10) business days of the commencement of the search.
  • Your search will take priority status over all contingency searches.
  • Six (6) month pro-rata refund guarantee period.

Retained Search

  • Your search will take priority status over all other searches.
  • CLS Executive Search, the retained division of Chicago Legal Search, Ltd., will be the only source of candidates submitted and considered for the position.
  • On-point candidates will be vetted immediately upon commencement of the search.
  • Our fee is 30% of the placed candidate's total guaranteed first-year compensation.
  • The fee is due as follows: One-third (1/3) upon execution of the contract and the commencement of the search; one-third (1/3) within 45 days; and one-third (1/3) on or before the candidate’s employment start date.
  • Twelve (12) month pro-rata guarantee period.

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

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  • “I was very impressed with the professional attention and honest communication I received from CLS Legal Staffing. They provided an array of quality candidates during our search process. I expect top quality service and CLS delivered.”

    Jeff Schelinski, Administrative Director

    Levin & Schreder, Ltd.


CLS Legal Staffing. 180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 3525, Chicago, IL 60601 312.251.2588.