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Expert Pointers on Job-Hunting Offered to Securities Law Students

 

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The job hunt is daunting for any law student drawing closer to graduation, but a group of Catholic University securities law students received some very helpful tips on March 20, when six alumni returned to the law school to discuss their own career trajectories and offer advice.
 
Co-sponsored by CUA Law’s Securities Law Program and the Office of Career and Professional Development, “How to get a job in Securities Law” invited alumni from class years spanning 1999 to 2010, and mixing experience from both the public and private sectors.  
 
Alumni panelists included:  
 
Jack Delaney, 2009
Ruddy Law Office PLLC (2012-present)
 
Hope M. Jarkowski, 2002
SEC, Office of Commissioner Paredes (2012-present)
 
Ellie Jester, 2007
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2012- present)
 
Elliott M. Smith, 2007
McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Washington, DC (2011-present)
 
Nicole H. Sprinzen, 1999
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (1999-2008, 2012-present)
 
William Troost, 2010
FINRA (August 2010-present)
 
Kevin Wells, 2008
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (2011-present)
 
The panelists were a mobile group of practitioners. Most had experience in a number of securities law settings, and their advice reflected it.  
 
“The key is getting to know people in the industry,” said Jack Delaney. “It’s a niche market. Getting your name and résumé out there is very important.”
 
“I would try to do at least two externships in different parts of securities law,” said Hope Jarkowski, who took her own advice while a law student.
 
Ellie Jester offered some frank and valuable insights as well, reaffirming to the audience the value of study and effort.
 
“It’s a lot harder to get a job if you don’t have good grades. But many smaller firms are willing to overlook some sort of a gap on a résumé,” she said.