FTC attorneys get real courtroom experience, the opportunity to lead cases, and take on primary responsibility for all aspects of the litigation. They often find themselves across the table from senior partners from the nation's most prominent and prestigious law firms. They benefit from immediate opportunities to take on substantive assignments, a collaborative teamwork environment, extensive training and professional development opportunities, and an excellent federal benefits package.
The FTC employs attorneys in the Bureau of Competition, the Bureau of Consumer Protection and in other offices, including the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Policy Planning. The FTC hires both mid-career and entry-level attorneys.
Bureau of Competition attorneys consult with economists, interview witnesses, draft pleadings, lead depositions, recommend enforcement actions, and participate in investigations and litigation on a wide range of complex antitrust matters.
Bureau of Consumer Protection attorneys work on individual company and industry-wide investigations, administrative and federal court litigation, rulemaking proceedings, and consumer and business education. They contribute to the Commission's efforts to advise Congress and other government agencies about the impact of proposed actions on consumers and industries. They also tackle high-profile policy issues, especially in areas where emerging technologies pose threats to consumers and business.
Much of the casework done by economists in the Bureau of Economics is economic analysis of issues related directly to law enforcement activities, such as case investigation or litigation support. Other activities involve policy analysis and research related to the FTC’s consumer protection and antitrust missions. It is important that FTC economists maintain a current set of theoretical and empirical modeling skills. To this end, independent research is encouraged and supported. FTC economists regularly present their work at seminars and conferences, and publish in top journals. Economists may also have opportunities to share their experience through the FTC’s International Technical Assistance program, which fosters policy development and law enforcement around the globe.
Economic Research Analysts
The research analyst position offers a unique environment to gain hands-on experience, build skills, and contribute to economic research and policy. After gaining experience at the FTC, many research analysts return to school to pursue graduate degrees in economics or other disciplines, or move to challenging positions in industry and government. The Bureau of Economics of the Federal Trade Commission primarily has vacancies for economic research analysts at various salary ranges on an intermittent basis.
FTC investigators, working in collaboration with attorneys, investigate practices that may violate laws enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The investigations vary in nature and require a range of investigative techniques, including interviewing potential witnesses, test shopping, electronic evidence capture, research and data analysis. Investigators testify in federal court and administrative cases brought by the FTC and evidence gathered by investigators is often central to the Commission’s case.
The FTC accepts applications for Paralegal Specialists at grades GS-5 and GS-7 primarily from January through March. Appointments are competitive, and applicants should apply directly to a vacancy announcement posted at USAJOBS.
Honors Paralegals at the FTC work with attorneys, investigators, economists, and other support staff on various kinds of investigation, litigation, and policy work. Honors Paralegals participate in every step of cases at the FTC, from conducting interviews and market research to reviewing company documents, preparing exhibits for trial, and assisting attorneys in the courtroom.
If you are interested in a career in law, economics, business, or public service, the Federal Trade Commission’s Honors Paralegal Program can offer you the opportunity to realize your goals. Based on the overall needs of the agency, the FTC’s Honors Paralegal Program each year seeks a number of motivated persons for 14-month term appointments as Honors Paralegals in the Bureau of Competition, the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and the Office of the General Counsel. The appointments can be extended in some cases, up to four years. When you apply to the Honors Paralegal Program, your application will be considered for openings in BC, BCP, and OGC.
Summer Legal Interns
The FTC has summer employment opportunities (for up to 10 weeks) for law students who have completed one or more years of law school OR who are law school graduates going on to judicial clerkships. The Commission recruits dedicated law students with an exceptional level of commitment to the public interest to enforcing antitrust and consumer protection laws as mandated by Congress. We prefer — but do not require — applicants to have a background in economics or business. Our goal is to offer our summer law clerks intellectually stimulating projects, similar in complexity to those given to junior attorneys, which afford them an opportunity to demonstrate writing, analytical and advocacy skills. The Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Consumer Protection hire summer legal interns.
Student Clerical Positions
We accept applications, year-round, from students for a variety of clerical support positions. Students must be at least sixteen years old to work. We fill positions at the GS-1 through GS-5 levels, on an as-needed basis. To apply, mail or email your resume, including the number of semester and/or credit hours you've completed, and your most recent transcript.
The FTC offers student volunteer opportunities throughout the year, upon agreement with your school, for internships primarily in law and economics. In exchange for volunteer services, student volunteers receive enriching learning opportunities and meaningful assignments while learning to recognize the value and importance of volunteer service. usajobs.gov