Business law classes at Elon Law helped to prepare Michael Cowart, L’10, for his 2011-2013 position as Vice President Compliance with Goldman Sachs & Company in New York, N.Y. and his current position as Assistant General Counsel at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
At Goldman Sachs, Cowart primarily worked in legal compliance in the Investment Management Division. His team focused on the area of private wealth management, working with the alternative capital markets group, structured products group and derivatives group of Goldman Sachs.
“My business law courses along with a few electives - accounting for lawyers and international business regulations - gave me the base knowledge I needed to be successful in the corporate law field on day one,” Cowart said. “The knowledge I gained of basic business law and corporate structure was essential to my success at Goldman on a daily basis.”
Cowart is a cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he earned a degree in history. He earned a masters from Vanderbilt University and spent a semester of law school as a visiting student at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Before graduating from Elon Law, Cowart spent a summer as a judicial clerk with the Honorable John O. Craig of the North Carolina Superior Court in Greensboro.
“The preceptor program at Elon helped me secure a judicial clerkship,” Cowart said. “While clerking for Judge Craig I was able to observe and draft opinions for several complex business cases, which sparked my interest in business/corporate law.”
After law school, Cowart worked as an associate with H&P Law, PLLC in Washington, D.C. Cowart’s practice at H&P Law concentrated in the area of federal criminal litigation and federal sentencing consulting.
Cowart advises students who are interested in corporate law to sign up for industry publications in order to keep up to with the latest business trends. He also encourages students to take as many business law classes as possible while at Elon.
“The faculty at Elon Law are extremely knowledgeable and have a breadth of experience in the corporate law field,” he said. “When I was applying for jobs my business law professors were some of my greatest advocates.”