SEC Student Observer Program
The Securities and Exchange Commission Student Observer Program is a specialized externship that provides students from area law schools with an introduction to the Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation of securities and securities markets.
Second- and third-year students who have completed the course in Corporations are eligible for selection by representatives of the SEC to participate in this very competitive program. Each student selected is assigned to one of the divisions of the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Student observers are assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects involving a broad range of the commission's work. Past projects have included investigation of industry and issuer practices, litigation of civil enforcement actions, administrative proceedings, and drafting proposed statutes and rules.
In addition to the fieldwork, students meet in a weekly two-hour seminar conducted by SEC staff attorneys and invited guest speakers from the securities bar.