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Advanced Commitment Program

The Advanced Commitment Program allows lawyers to begin work as law clerks after graduation and before they pass the bar. The program is designed for third-year law students, LLM and JD/MBA graduates and judicial law clerks. SEC offices that are currently considering Advanced Commitment Program applicants are the Division of Corporation Finance (DC), Division of Investment Management (DC), Division of Trading and Markets (DC) and the Chicago Regional Office. Divisions/Offices not listed here are not considering any Advanced Commitment Program applications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply?

The Application for the Advanced Commitment Program is currently closed. If a division/office decides to hire entry level attorneys, the information will be posted on USAJobs. We encourage you to check back to see if an application has opened.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Applicants must attend/have attended an accredited law school. See http://www.abanet.org/legaled/approvedlawschools/alpha.html.

  • Positions are open to US citizens and certain non-US citizens. While U.S. citizenship is generally required, certain situations may allow for non-U.S. citizens to be employed in permanent positions (such as persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B)). For information on employment eligibility for non-U.S. citizens, see http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/noncitizensemployment.asp.

  • Applicants must have completed at least one of the following between December 2009 and September 2010 to be eligible for this position:

    • Last year of law school

    • Last year of an LLM program or

    • Last year of their first judicial clerkship

What do you look for in a candidate?

Students are selected based on merit. Selection criteria include: a demonstrated interest in public service and the SEC's mission; strong academic performance; excellent writing skills; previous employment and internships; law review and other publication work; and extracurricular activities such as moot court competition, legal aid, and clinical experience. Undergraduate securities course work is not a prerequisite.

How many students do you typically hire?

The SEC hires about 10-15 a year nationwide.

What do you look for in a writing sample?

Strong writing skills are essential to our work here at the SEC. Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to analyze complex legal issues and communicate such information clearly and effectively. You may submit a brief, legal memorandum or other document that you wrote for a legal writing class assignment, research project, job, or internship. It should not exceed 10 pages in length. Please submit excerpts from your writing sample if the original document exceeds 10 pages.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please e-mail any additional questions to recruit@sec.gov. Please note that the SEC receives a high volume of emails, inquiries submitted to this mailbox will be responded to as they are received.

What is the current salary range?

Law clerks come on board at the SK-11 pay level. Salaries may range between approximately $60,000to $90,000.



Modified: 11/02/2010