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  • The Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Summer Law Clerk Program
  • A VIRTUAL TOUR
  • What is the BCP Summer Law Clerk Program?
    • The opportunity to:
    • Work in public service
    • Gain practical legal research and writing experience
    • Acquire practical lawyering and litigation skills
    • Learn about your consumer rights
    • Experience administrative law first-hand
    • Enjoy all that the Nation’s Capital has to offer
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  • What does the Bureau of Consumer Protection do, anyway?
    • We work to protect YOU and millions of other consumers from:
    • Internet, direct mail, and telemarketing fraud
    • Invasions of your informational privacy
    • Deceptive advertising
    • Predatory and discriminatory lending
    • Unfair business practices
    • and SO MUCH MORE!
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  • What is so special about the Bureau of Consumer Protection?
    • Bright, dedicated attorneys, economists, and investigators who are passionate about helping consumers
    • Diverse law enforcement and regulatory mandates
    • A dynamic role in making public policy
    • Enforcing statutes that impact every consumer in the U.S. every day of the year
    • A TRULY collegial work environment
  • What do BCP Summer Law Clerks Do?
    • Work directly with attorneys and investigators on:
    • Litigation (district court and administrative)
    • Investigation
    • Public Policy Matters
  • BCP Summer Law Clerks:
    • Perform legal research
    • Draft research memoranda and administrative and court pleadings
    • Interview consumers and draft affidavits
    • Attend Commission meetings, workshops, hearings, depositions, negotiations, and strategy sessions
  • BUT WAIT!-- There is more . . .
  • Special Training Programs
    • Our Summer Law
    • Clerk Training
    • Programs provide
    • the opportunity
    • to acquire practical
    • lawyering skills
  • Special Training Programs
    • BCP Law Clerks
    • participate in:
    • Deposition training and exercise
    • BCP “hot topics” series
  • Deposition Training
    • Mini-workshop led by experienced BCP litigators on conducting and defending a deposition
    • Opportunity to conduct a mock deposition with BCP attorneys acting as moderators
    • Group feedback session with BCP attorney defending your deposition
  • BCP “Hot-Topics” Series
    • A series of mini-workshops designed to familiarize law clerks with the work of each of BCP’s six divisions
    • Opportunities to discuss the issues with lead attorneys and staff in an informal environment
  • ALL of the SMART people do it.
    • Your brain after a BCP Summer Clerkship
    Your brain before a BCP Summer Clerkship
  • BUT WAIT!-- There is STILL more . . .
  • Our location is IDEAL. . .
    • The Federal Trade Commission is located at 6 th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and at 601 New Jersey Avenue. Just steps from:
    • The Capitol , White House , Washington Monument , Supreme Court , and Library of Congress
    • The Museums of the Smithsonian Institution
    • Theaters , Restaurants , Union Station , and the MCI Center (home to the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics)
    • METRO (D.C.’s excellent subway system)
  •  
  • Spending your summer at BCP is just more fun
  • Bureau of Consumer Protection
    • BCP Summer Law Clerks are assigned to one
    • of BCP’s six divisions for the entire summer
      • Division of Advertising Practices
      • Division of Enforcement
      • Division of Financial Practices
      • Division of Marketing Practices
      • Division of Planning and Information
      • Division of International Consumer Protection
  • Division of Advertising Practices
    • Protects consumers from deceptive and unsubstantiated advertising , ranging from
      • Internet advertising to
      • Infomercials to
      • Fortune 500 companies' advertising
    • stays on top of privacy issues, especially children's privacy online
    • confronts novel First Amendment issues
  • Division of Enforcement
    • Monitors compliance with Commission cease and desist orders and federal court injunctive orders
    • Investigates violations of consumer protection laws and litigates before ALJs or U.S. District Courts
    • Enforces trade laws, rules and guides through administrative or federal court proceedings
    • Recent Accomplishments:
    • Obtained TROs against companies that misrepresented the availability of Postal and Wildlife Job Opportunities
    • Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement from Triad Discount Buying Service, Inc. for allegedly deceptive buying club memberships.
    • Settled care labeling violations with Jones Apparel Group.
    • Settled charges with several companies for unsubstantiated engine treatment product claims.
  • Division of Financial Practices
    • Protecting online and financial privacy
    • Investigating subprime and predatory lending practices
    • Challenging lending discrimination
    • Regulating credit bureaus , debt collectors , and non-bank lenders
  • Division of Marketing Practices
    • Leads the Commission’s
    • response to fraud, including:
    • Internet and telecommunications scams
    • Telemarketing & direct mail fraud
    • Deceptive spam e-mail
    • Fraudulent business and work-at-home opportunities
    • Fraudulent investment opportunities
    • Through a state-of-the-
    • art Internet lab, attorneys
    • and investigators unravel
    • sophisticated “technology
    • fraud”and find wrong-doers
    • who are deceiving
    • unsuspecting consumers
  • The Division of Planning and Information
    • Collects and analyzes consumer complaint information to further all aspects of the Bureau’s mission.
    • Coordinates the toll-free ID Theft Hotline and the nation’s Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse.
    • Provides information and assistance to victims of identity theft.
    • Partners with law enforcement nationwide to help combat ID theft.
    • Conducts outreach to industry and law enforcement on ID theft matters and promotes consumer and business education initiatives.
    • Assists and advices the other BCP divisions on cases involving the bankruptcy of a target company and other issues.
  • The Division of International Consumer Protection
    • Coordinates the FTC's international consumer protection work by :
      • Combating cross-border fraud
        • We facilitate international information sharing among consumer protection law enforcement;
        • We assist staff in litigation with an international component
      • Developing international e-commerce and consumer protection policies, primarily in the areas of jurisdiction, privacy and security
  • What have previous Law Clerks said about the program?
    • “ I get to do what I want to do later in life - dealing with new technologies. . . . This is a fun place to work; [it provides] the ability to learn a great deal about the future of the Internet.” Robert Stein, 2L, law clerk (Summer 2000)
    • “ Every one here loves their job. The attorneys are incredibly passionate about helping consumers and they are excited to share that passion with the law clerks.” Heather Garms, 1L clerk (Summer 2001)
  • What have previous Law Clerks said about the program?
    • “ I know that what I am doing really makes a difference for consumers. It is exciting to have the ability to make that kind of impact.” Aaron Tax, 2L law clerk (Summer 2002)
    • “ If you are looking for an unique opportunity for a fun and challenging learning experience, then the [BCP Summer Law Clerk] program is a great place to apply.” Michael Lohnes, 1L law clerk (Summer 2002)
  • Interested in Joining Us for Summer 2005? READ ON!
  • Selection Procedures and Criteria
    • Admission to the
    • Program is competitive.
    • We select approximately
    • 12 first and second year
    • law students from top
    • law schools across the
    • country.
  • Selection Procedures and Criteria
    • Selections are based upon:
    • Interview
    • Enthusiasm for regulatory/consumer protection issues
    • Previous work experience
    • Grades
    • Writing sample
  • Apply Now!—Don’t Wait!
    • Second year law students may apply as soon as possible after August 15. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.
    • Selections for 2L law clerk positions will take place on a rolling basis through November.
    • First year law students may apply as soon as possible after December 1. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.
    • Selections for 1L law clerk positions will take place on a rolling basis through March.
  • Apply Now!—Don’t Wait!
    • Send:
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Writing Sample
    • Transcript
    • To:
    • BCP Summer Law Clerk Committee
    • Bureau of Consumer Protection
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    • H-286
    • Washington, DC 20580
    • 202-326-3392 (fax)
  • The Federal Trade Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Thank you for visiting us!