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 recently started working with CLS Legal Staffing as we had a need to hire a paralegal and our current methods of recruiting were not meeting our needs. Simone at CLS assisted us with the search and we ended up hiring one of the candidates they presented to us. Since then, we are now using them for two additional searches. CLS was efficient in their search and presented quality candidates.”

    Carrie Novak, PHR, Assistant Director of Human Resources

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation


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