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In the Job Market, Securities Law Certificate Grads Run the Table Again

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Less than nine months after they earned their JDs last May, all ten of the 2014 graduates of Catholic University’s Securities Law Certificate Program (at top) have secured fulltime employment in the field of their choice. 

It marks the seventh straight year that program alumni have batted 1,000 in the job market within months of completing law school. The final job offer to an alumnus came at the end of January from the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, completing the sweep for the most recent class of securities certificate graduates.
Professor David Lipton, founder and director of the Securities Law Program at the Columbus School of Law, relies on his own extensive network of alumni and professional contacts within the field to help open doors for graduates and alert them to potential opportunities. But his strenuous efforts on behalf of the group are not the entire story.
“The people who do the heavy lifting in the job search are the students themselves, with crucial help from our alumni and, of course, with the expert assistance of the law school’s Office of Career and Professional Development,” said Lipton.
In some instances, CUA alumni have taken a very direct role in looking out for the law school’s most recent grads—keeping Lipton apprised of openings and even helping to identify the best candidates for them. Other times their role may be more subtle, such as talking up a CUA Law candidate within an employer’s recruiting office.
Not every member of 2014’s certificate securities law class elected to pursue a job within the field. One student landed a positon in the executive branch, another is planning a career as an Army JAG officer.
Two students are with the well-known law firms of Mayer Brown and Hunton & Williams; two more are employed in separate divisions of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); one is with the SEC; one is with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and a final program graduate is working in securities related matters on Capitol Hill.