Student Honors Legal Program (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021)

Securities and Exchange Commission | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 3/16/2020
Description Law students will be assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects and assignments that cover a broad range of the Commissions' work. Intern assignments range from supporting litigation to assisting with drafting new regulations to helping with reviews, exams or public outreach. For information about the opportunities and the work that interns do in specific division/offices within headquarters, please read the SEC's website.

PLEASE apply no later than November 16, 2020 to be considered for the Spring 2021 program session.

This is an open continuous announcement open for the Fall 2020 (which has passed) and Spring 2021 year, with periodic cutoff dates. Once the cutoff date has passed, all the applications received up to that date will be reviewed for eligibility determinations. All eligible applicants will be referred to the hiring managers periodically between now and November 16, 2020 for the Spring 2021 Session according to the cutoff schedule below. Selections could be made during any of the cutoff dates:

  1. September 27, 2020
  2. October 23, 2020
  3. November 16, 2020
We reserve the right to have unscheduled cutoffs based on the needs of the agency. Therefore, we encourage applicants to apply early.

Legal student volunteers will be assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects and assignments that cover a broad range of the Commissions' legal and regulatory work. That work depends upon the division or office where the student works. Student volunteer assignments range from supporting litigation to assisting with drafting new regulations to helping with reviews, exams or public outreach.

Internship opportunities in the Fall and/or Spring are full time and/or part time with a minimum 15 hours requirement per week. This is determined and agreed upon based on the volunteer student's academic course load schedule and division/office needs. You will have the opportunity to discuss schedule, hours, etc. upon selection and acceptance into the program.

For information about the opportunities and the work that interns do in specific divisions and offices, please read the SEC's website.

The following divisions and offices within our Washington, DC Headquarter location are seeking 2L, 3L, and/or LL.M. law students to volunteer with us during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 programs:
  • Division of Enforcement
  • Division of Corporation Finance
  • Division of Trading & Markets
  • Division of Investment Management
  • EDGAR Business Office
  • Executive Services
  • Office of the Investor Advocate
  • Office of Administrative Law Judges
  • Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation
  • Office of Municipal Securities
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations
  • Office of Credit Ratings
  • Office of General Counsel
  • Office of Inspector General

Our regional offices are comprised of mainly Division of Enforcement and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. The following regional locations are seeking 2L, 3L, and/or LL.M. law students to volunteer with us during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 program:
  • Atlanta Regional Office
  • Boston Regional Office
  • Chicago Regional Office
  • Denver Regional Office
  • Fort Worth Regional Office
  • Los Angeles Regional Office
  • Miami Regional Office
  • New York Regional Office
  • Philadelphia Regional Office
  • Salt Lake Regional Office
  • San Francisco Regional Office
Student Honors Program Dates for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are tentatively as follows:
  • Fall 2020 - August 31, 2020 through November 20, 2020
  • Spring 2021 - January 25, 2021 through April 16, 2021
Individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.Current 2L, 3L, and LLM law students must be enrolled at least half-time in an ABA accredited law school to participate in the Student Honors Legal Program.

- Applicants MUST be a U.S. Citizen
- Must be enrolled in an accredited US law school program as a law student
- Must be enrolled at least half-time (8 credits or the equivalent)
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
- Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible

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