Legal externs work closely with Enforcement's attorneys, investigators and management to assist Enforcement in investigating and determining whether FINRA regulated firms and/or associated individuals violated the federal securities laws or FINRA, NASD, or MSRB rules. 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. Externs also have the opportunity to observe on-the-record interviews and settlement negotiations, and to attend topical lectures.
Term of Position
- Spring: January - April
- Summer: May - July/August
- Fall: September - December
- 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
Applicants must submit a:
- Current resume
- Current transcript
- Legal writing sample
- Cover letter explaining your interest in the externship, preferred posting location, and the qualifications making you an appropriate candidate
- All required documents aforementioned must be uploaded prior to submitting your application
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 an application.
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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