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CFPB Spring Legal Externship Program 2021

Multiple Divisions (Volunteer)
Closing date:
Washington, DC
Who may apply:
Open to All US Citizens (Legal Externship)


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now accepting applications from 2L, 3L, and 4L law students for its 2021 Spring Externship (Unpaid) Program in our Washington DC office. The externships start in January 2021 and end in April 2021, the start and end dates may be flexible. The Bureau is an independent federal agency built to protect consumers. We write and enforce rules that keep banks and other financial companies operating fairly. We also educate and empower consumers.


Externs will work in one program area during the externship. Positions are available in the following program areas:

  • Legal Division
  • Office of Regulations
  • Office of Enforcement
  • Office of Supervision Policy
  • Office of Civil Rights
  • Office of Innovation

Please see qualification section for a more detailed description of each office.

These are unpaid positions. Externs may earn academic credit with permission of the extern’s law school. Externs must sign the Bureau’s Student Volunteer Agreement, and will be responsible for obtaining their school representative’s signature.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, solid academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Bureau. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Externs may work between 15-40 hours per week.

Travel Required

  • Not required

Supervisory Status

  • No

Promotion Potential

  • 00

What to know if you apply

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Open to All US Citizens (Legal Externship)

This opportunity is open to US citizens or US Nationals who are an enrolled 2L, 3L, or 4L law student.

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