Student Trainee (Law) - Spring 2024

  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Remote
  • Sep 13, 2023
Intern Legal

Job Description

Agency: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Position: Student Trainee (Law), GS/SK-0999- 07/09

Promotion Potential: None

Open & Close Dates: 09/12/2023 to 10/03/2023

Salary: $43,888 - $84,549 per year

Location: Anywhere in the U.S. (remote job)

Vacancies: Many


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The SEC is actively recruiting for the SEC Scholars Legal Program for Spring 2024. The program targets currently enrolled JD and LL.M. students to participate in a ten-week internship, these are temporary appointments.

The SEC Scholars Program will tentatively begin January 15, 2024 and conclude on March 22, 2024.

Conditions of Employment:

·   This position is open to U.S. Citizens.

·   Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Typical duties include:

JD/LL.M. students will be assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects and assignments that cover a broad range of the Commissions' work. That work depends upon the division or office where the student works.

The SEC Scholars Program will be full-time or part-time in the Spring. This will be determined and agreed upon based on the selectees academic course load schedule and division/office needs. You will have the opportunity to discuss schedule, hours, etc. upon selection and acceptance into the program. Interns must work a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for this internship under the SEC Scholars Program:

  • You must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a JD or LL.M. at an accredited law school on at least a half-time basis (as determined by the educational institution); AND
  • You must possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the SEC Scholars Program.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job announcement.

Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In order to qualify for this position at the grade GS/SK-07 level you must have successfully completed:
(A) One full year of graduate level education (e.g. completed your first year of law school).
(B) Completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree and claim Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: (1) Class Standing - You must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR (2) Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) - You must have a grade point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR (3) Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies.

In order to qualify for this position at the grade GS/SK-09 level you must have successfully completed:
(A) A master's degree or equivalent graduate degree
(B) Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (e.g. completed your second year of law school).


*** Apply today! ***

Information Sessions

The SEC’s Office of Human Resources is excited to host upcoming virtual information sessions designed to share information about our agency’s SEC Scholars Program under the Pathways Internship Program, application process, and helpful tips for interested applicants.

Session 1: Thursday, September 21, 2023; 4-5 pm EST -   

Session 2: Wednesday, September 27, 2023; 3-4 pm EST -

Session 3: Friday, September 29, 2023; 12-1 pm EST -    

We hope you will join us for one of the virtual information sessions, register now!