Attorney Hiring in the Bureau of Competition

The FTC’s Bureau of Competition:

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition enforces the nation’s antitrust laws. These laws promote vigorous competition and protect consumers from anticompetitive mergers and business practices, such as monopolistic conduct, attempts to monopolize, and conspiracies in restraint of trade. In addition to its enforcement work, the Bureau also provides guidance about the application of the antitrust laws to various stakeholders, including Congress, policy makers, other federal and state government agencies, foreign governments, industry participants, and the public.

Entry-Level Attorney Hiring:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens to be eligible for a position in the Bureau. The Bureau of Competition recruits talented law students and judicial clerks with backgrounds in business, economics, or antitrust who are interested in public service. Entry-level attorney positions are highly competitive. Factors considered in selecting candidates include academic achievement; law journal or other relevant writing experience; moot court participation; relevant antitrust, business, or economic coursework and experience; and a demonstrated interest in public service. Entry-level attorneys may be assigned to one of the following divisions: Anticompetitive Practices, Health Care, Technology Enforcement Division, Mergers I, Mergers II, Mergers III, or Mergers IV.

The Bureau accepts applications for entry-level attorney positions from July 15 through September 10. Interested candidates should apply through a Symplicity job posting at their law school. If the candidate’s law school does not have a Symplicity job posting, the candidate may apply by sending their cover letter and resume in an email to addressed to Donna Downing, Legal Recruitment & Development Coordinator in a pdf format.

All candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. If you are recommended for the callback round, we will ask for additional materials. Early applications are encouraged because the Bureau makes offers on a rolling basis.

Opportunities for Practicing Attorneys:

The Bureau of Competition is interested in identifying talented attorneys and litigators with backgrounds in antitrust, business, or economics who are interested in public service. Positions are generally located in one of our seven merger or conduct enforcement divisions or our litigation group, but opportunities may also arise in our Premerger Notification or Compliance divisions from time to time. These opportunities to join the Bureau are highly competitive and selections may consider professional experience and background, academic achievement and scholarly work, and a demonstrated interest in public service amongst other factors. Availability for specific positions will be posted on, but the Bureau also accepts inquiries from interested candidates on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in pursuing a legal career with the Bureau of Competition, you may submit your resume and a cover letter to in a pdf format. Candidates must be U.S. citizens to be eligible for a position in the Bureau.