Four graduates of Catholic University’s Securities Law Program returned on Feb. 22 to counsel current students on the most effective strategies for landing that first job.
Successful practitioners all, the alumni shared tips and insights on such things as the value of networking, the critical importance of a pristine, error-free résumé, and the relative value of good law school grades in today’s job market.
The panelists also spoke about their practice areas within securities law, and spent a good deal of time responding to questions afterward.
“They know how tough the market is now. They want to share with current students some of the problems they’ve faced and some of the strategies they used to get to where they are today,” said Professor David A. Lipton, director of the Securities Law Program at the Columbus School of Law.
The alumni speakers included:
- Hope Jarkowski (2002), Office of General Counsel, SEC
- Jasmine Lee (2006), fraud detection division, FINRA
- Mark Ruddy (2000), Principal, Ruddy Law Office, PLLC.
- Elliott Smith (2007), Associate, Corporate and Securities Law, McDermott, Will & Emery, D.C. office
While acknowledging that the hiring climate for legal jobs remains challenging, the panelists reminded students that the contacts and connections of the Securities Law Program itself remains one of their strongest advantages in the employment market.
“Don’t be afraid to approach alumni,” advised Elliott Smith. “Work the program that’s here. It’s been built up over 25 years, and it works.”