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Summer Honors Law Program (First and Second Year Law Students)

The Summer Honors Law Program gives law and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and the activities of the Commission. Students from law schools across the country work at the Commission's Washington, DC, Headquarters and in its 11 Regional Offices nationwide.

Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on several projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students participate in seminars/workshops on various aspects of the federal securities rules and regulations. Past presentations have included: An Overview of Federal Securities Laws; Securities Fraud on the Internet; The SEC's Investigative Process; Mergers and Acquisitions; and The SEC's Examination Program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply?

Currently, the 2013 Summer Honors Law Program is taking applications from first-year law students. That posting is open until February 8, 2013. Apply early because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible.
  • Student must have the equivalent of a 3.0 or B average.
  • Eligibility for each program varies by students' status:
    • 2L Program: Students must have completed two years of law school by the beginning of the summer.
    • 1L Program: Students must have completed one year of law school by the beginning of the summer.
    • JD/MBA Students: Program eligibility is based on the number of years of law school completed by the summer. (Note: JD/MBA students are also eligible for the Summer Honors Business Program at the point they have finished 1 year of a non-legal graduate program.)
  • Student must be continuing in legal studies throughout the summer and/or into the fall to be eligible. Students graduating in May are not eligible.

Is there a GPA requirement for the program?

Students are required to have the equivalent of a 3.0 or B average to be eligible.

Which Divisions/Offices hire Summer Honors Law Program Interns?

The SEC hires interns across the country into a variety of jobs. Below are descriptions of the different divisions and offices that recruit interns, including descriptions of the work generally assigned to their interns.

See Divisions Snapshot.

What do you look for in candidates?

The SEC seeks applicants with high academic qualifications and preferably some knowledge of or a significant interest in the securities industry. Students are selected based on merit. Selection criteria include: a demonstrated interest in the SEC's mission; coursework, work experience, and/or research projects/publications relevant to the division(s)/office(s) to which you apply; dedication to public service; and participation in extracurricular activities. Securities course work is not a prerequisite.

How many students do you typically hire?

The SEC typically hires around 150 law students nationwide with half being located in our Headquarters in Washington, DC. In 2010, over 75 law schools were represented in our intern class.

What is the application review process?

The Headquarters and Regional Offices hiring law students have their own hiring committees. If a hiring committee is interested in interviewing you, they will contact you directly and let you know the next steps in the process.

Is this a paid internship?

Currently, all internships at the SEC are unpaid or for-credit.



Modified: 07/23/2013