Fall 2012 Externships with the SEC – 3 of 3

February 2, 2012


The SEC’s Law Student Observer Program provides exposure to the workings of the Commission and to the regulation of securities and securities markets.  Students work with SEC attorneys, accountants and other professionals.

The one-semester volunteer program is open to first-, second-, or third-year law students, LLM students or joint degree students like “JD/MBA” candidates.  In Washington, interns are hired for 10 divisions and offices.  In the regional offices, the SEC staff – and therefore the interns – work for the Division of Enforcement and/or the Office of Inspections and Examinations. We ask that our interns commit a minimum of 15 hours a week (local students) or 40-hours per week (out-of state students) for 10 weeks.  In addition to this work commitment, the students in Washington, DC attend a seminar program, which highlights different aspects of the Commission.  The seminars – which are generally at 3 pm on Wednesdays – are mandatory.

In selecting students, preference will be given to students with excellent academic backgrounds, professional experience (especially in an industry related to the SEC), and courses in corporate and securities law. You may arrange academic credit for this program if offered by your law school.

            Programs are run separately in the headquarters and each regional office.  More information and instructions about how to apply are at this Web page: http://www.sec.gov/jobs/lsop.pdf

Student observers are assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s work. Projects in the past have included the investigation of industry and issuer practices, litigation of civil enforcement actions and the drafting of proposed statutes and rules. Students are expected to work at least 15 hours a week and establish a working schedule with their supervisors.


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