Fall 2020 - FINRA Legal Extern (UNPAID), Enforcement

    • New York, NY

Legal externs work closely with an assigned Enforcement Director, management, staff attorneys and investigators. The externs will assist attorneys and investigative staff to investigate and initiate enforcement actions against FINRA regulated firms and associated individuals (typically, stockbrokers). Externs perform a variety of tasks including legal research and writing, document review, as well as assisting staff to prepare for investigative testimony and hearings. Opportunities to observe on-the-record interviews and settlement negotiations are made available to externs. Externs also attend topical lectures.

Term of Position:Summer: September - December

Hiring Criteria:

  • Graduate student pursuing JD or LLM
  • Securities law related course work and/or knowledge of securities law or brokerage regulations are not required, but preferred.
  • Securities industry experience is a plus.
  • Strong writing, analysis and research skills.
  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to work with others to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and accurately.


Fall and Spring Externs must work a minimum of 12 hours weekly, up to 13 weeks. Externs must earn current course credits (determined by school) and cannot work purely as a volunteer. FINRA requires at least one credit.

Application Process:Applicants must submit a
  • Current resume
  • Current transcript
  • Legal writing sample
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the externship and the qualifications making you an appropriate candidate.


Applicants must apply online at www.finra.org/careers (click on the job posting category - Extern).All successful applicants will be required to pass a drug screening test and a minimal background check prior to starting the externship. Â

Legal externs will not be eligible for permanent attorney positions following graduation. The FINRA Enforcement Department generally only hires experienced attorneys into permanent positions.

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

Important Information

FINRA’s Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees’ investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code’s investment and securities account restrictions, and new employees must comply with those investment restrictionsâ€"including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA’s Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice Presidentâ€"by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.

You can read more about these restrictions here.

As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA’s Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company’s policy on nepotism.

Search Firm Representatives

Please be advised that FINRA is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, a valid written agreement and task order must be in place before any resumes are submitted to FINRA. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at FINRA without a valid written agreement and task order in place will be deemed the sole property of FINRA and no fee will be paid in the event that person is hired by FINRA.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal state or local laws as appropriate, or upon the protected status of the person’s relatives, friends or associates.

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