Attorney OpeningsWashington, D.C.  United States

Posted: Jan 03, 2011

This opportunity is no longer available.

Division of Enforcement — Attorney Openings

Washington, DC United States

Securities and Exchange Commission

Key Requirements:

  • This position is open to all U.S. Citizens.
  • Please read all instructions to ensure that you are applying correctly.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • Moving expenses are not authorized.

The SEC's Division of Enforcement is seeking resumes from attorneys interested in working in its investigation branches. The Division investigates possible violations of the federal securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements of these actions if possible or litigates the cases if necessary.

The alleged violations investigated by the staff of the Division encompass a wide range of conduct — including insider trading, market manipulation, financial reporting and accounting fraud, offering fraud and violations by professional market intermediaries (e.g., broker-dealers, transfer agents, investment companies, investment advisers, etc.) and persons associated with them. Attorneys assigned to the investigation branches generally have the opportunity to work on cases involving a number of these kinds of violations and to play important and responsible roles in the investigation of these matters.

While the SEC has the power to institute civil and administrative enforcement actions, its enforcement staff also works closely, where appropriate, with criminal prosecutors in the context of actions filed by the prosecutors involving criminal violations of the securities laws.


  • The Division is looking for attorneys who have a J.D. from an accredited law school, are a member of the bar, have a minimum of one year of legal experience in the securities field or in a related financial field, and have excellent writing, communication and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of the statutes and regulations administered by the Commission or experience in complex commercial/business litigation, are especially desirable.
  • The Division currently is giving preference to experienced lawyers who have been practicing in the areas described above for three or more years.

If you are interested, please click “Apply” to register and apply.

Please upload the following documents and title each as such:

(1) A Cover Letter addressed to: “Hiring Committee, Division of Enforcement” outlining your relevant background and experience;

(2) A current Resume; and

(3) A Writing Sample that you were primarily responsible for drafting.

If you graduated from law school within the past five years, please submit a law school transcript as well.

Unless your correspondence indicates otherwise, the Division of Enforcement is permitted to share your application materials with other SEC Divisions and Offices.

Supported file formats are: .doc (MS Word), .wpd (WordPerfect), .rtf, .txt and .html.

Note: Please do not attempt to upload templates (.dot), password-protected document, or PowerPoint presentations (.ppt). Please ensure that your documents are free of macros or viruses, as our virus protection program may make them unreadable to our consultants.

Veterans Preference (Required Documentation)

If you are claiming a Veteran Preference, you must upload your DD-214 showing that you were honorably discharged as proof to be considered.
If you are claiming a 30% or more Disabled Veteran Preference, you must upload your DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

Schedule A (Required Documentation)

If you are requesting consideration under the Schedule A Hiring Authority, you must submit documentation that (1) you have a severe disability and (2) your are certified as job-ready as proof to be considered. See www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/initiatives/lead/abc_applicants_with_disabilities.cfm#2).

If it is not possible for you to complete this application on-line, follow these steps to fax your application and/or supporting documentation:

  1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read and respond to the questions offline.
  2. Fax your materials to 202-777-1028. Your cover sheet must identify the job title, location and posted date

Instructions for Uploading Documents

After you have registered and created a User ID and Password, please follow the instructions below to upload the necessary documents.

1. Visit http://www.sec.futurestep.com and click "Already Registered” at top of page

2. Enter your User ID and Password and select "Go"

3. Click 'Review Resume Now' and, from the left-hand menu, scroll down to 'Attach Resume'

4. Click "Choose File" then click "Browse" to locate the document on your computer

5. Once you have located the file you wish to upload, please make sure that the document has a descriptive name (i.e., "John Smith Resume", “John Smith Writing Sample” or “John Smith Transcript”).

6. Click "Open", and then click "Upload File" to transmit document to the SEC Recruitment Center.

7. Your document(s) will be listed and you may view/replace it at any time.

The SEC is an Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse workforce.

This opportunity is no longer available.