Summer Law Clerk Program

Because of the large and unprecedented number of applications received for the 2022 FRBNY Summer Law Clerk Program, the application process is now closed. Applications for the 2023 Summer Program will be accepted beginning December 12, 2022.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The Legal Function of the New York Fed hires first-year law students each summer for a 10-week paid clerkship program. Law clerks receive challenging, diverse assignments from each of the three divisions of the Legal Function. The assignments usually involve legal research and writing, and are typical of the assignments given to attorneys in the Legal Function. Law clerks are paired with mentors for the summer to provide guidance on a personal and professional basis. Law clerks are paid approximately $7,000 monthly over the course of the 10-week program.


A NOTE ON COVID-19

Unlike in prior years, the New York Fed will be conducting interviews for the 2022 summer program solely via web-based videoconference. With respect to the summer program itself, we anticipate a hybrid in-person/remote work environment that will require summer law clerks to reside within commutable distance of our head office in New York. Additional details will be forthcoming.


WHY THE NEW YORK FED?

Working at the New York Fed positions you at the center of the financial world with a unique perspective on national and international markets and economies. You'll work in an environment with a diverse group of talented professionals to foster and support the safety, soundness, and vitality of our economic and financial systems. It's a challenge that demands the skills of a financial services professional and the intellectual curiosity of an academic—all combined with a passion for public service. Working here provides talented law students the chance to grow their skills at an institution that has served a critical role in the financial system of the United States and the world for over a century.


OVERVIEW OF THE NEW YORK FED’S LEGAL FUNCTION

The Legal Function's mission is to provide high-quality legal services to the New York Fed. The function is headed by the Bank's general counsel and is divided into three divisions, each headed by a deputy general counsel:

The Bank Supervision and Markets division provides legal advice in connection with (i) financial institution supervisory and regulatory matters, including legal support for supervision and regulatory reporting and legal analysis of regulatory applications; (ii) the Bank’s open market, U.S. Treasury auction, foreign exchange, reference rate and discount window operations; and (iii) the Bank’s external and sponsored committees. The division also analyzes legislative affairs for the Bank, and the head of the division oversees the Bank Applications Function.

The Enforcement, Litigation, Investigations, and Corporate Affairs division handles all litigation for the Bank and pursues regulatory enforcement investigations and actions against financial institutions in the Second Federal Reserve District. In addition, the division conducts investigations of internal Bank matters and advises with respect to the Bank's corporate affairs, including human resources, employment and labor law matters, and Freedom of Information requests.

The Financial Services, Technology, and Contracts division provides legal support for the areas of the Bank that are responsible for financial services, including the Fedwire services, international and domestic currency and coin distribution, and account services for the U.S. Treasury, foreign central banks and international organizations, depository institutions, and other customers. The division also advises with respect to contract, procurement, and technology matters for the Bank, including software licenses and cloud computing.

Learn more about our Legal Department


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

First-Year Law Students:

The Summer Law Clerk Program requires that applicants complete their first year of law school by the beginning of the clerkship, which is typically in late May. As the program is highly competitive and the class size is limited, we seek applicants with outstanding academic records, evidence of strong research and writing skills, an interest in and commitment to public sector employment, maturity, and personal achievement. Applicants must generally be available for web-based videoconference interviews during January and February of 2022, which will likely be conducted via WebEx or Skype.

Candidates must supply a cover letter, résumé, and transcript. An applicant's cover letter and undergraduate or law school transcript should be uploaded in the same section of the application site that asks for a résumé to be uploaded. If a law school GPA is required but grades are not yet known, please enter the GPA as 0.0. Undergraduate transcripts are acceptable if first-semester law school grades are not yet available, but all applicants must submit first-semester law school transcripts as soon as they are available.

Summer Law Clerk applications for the 2023 summer program will be accepted beginning December 12, 2022.

Second-Year and Third-Year Law Students:

The Legal Function does not currently hire second-year law school students for summer positions, so we are unable to accept résumés from second-year students. Third-year students may wish to inquire about our 2-year Legal Fellow Honors Program.

Experienced Attorneys:

Positions in the Legal Function for experienced attorneys become available from time to time. These positions are posted separately, so please submit applications for such positions directly to the appropriate listing.

For any questions regarding the Summer Law Clerk Program, please contact Jeffrey Keenan at jeffrey.keenan@ny.frb.org.

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