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Covington Graduate Careers

Welcome to the graduate career hub for Covington. Here you can learn more about Covington’s values, what life is like there, and the application process.

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The AllAboutLaw Perspective

As a trainee at Covington, you’ll benefit from a close-knit, supportive culture. Despite the fact that you’ll be working at a large, international firm, you won’t feel like a cog in a wheel, you’ll feel like part of the team. It’s this environment that has led many senior lawyers to stay at the firm for their entire careers. 

If you choose to complete your training contract at Covington, you’ll benefit from responsibility early on. Although this can sound daunting, you’ll be nurtured and supported by senior lawyers, with all trainees being allocated to an associate mentor and a trainee buddy. Trainees even get the chance to work on complex cases, with Covington boasting AstraZeneca and Microsoft as just two of their high-profile clients.

In addition to their for-profit work, Covington are passionate about public service and supporting those in need. Much of their pro bono work is focused on meeting local needs, supporting disadvantaged individuals and communities. The firm has long collaborated with Kids in Need of Defence (KIND). Alongside representatives from the charity, Covington has assisted many undocumented and vulnerable children exercise their right to remain in the UK. Their pro bono work also focuses on the environment, with the Covington representing a variety of environmentally-focused organisations, offering their lawyers a chance to promote environmental sustainability across the world. 

All trainees complete a transaction and contentious seat and choose two further seats in practice areas such as employment, technology, life sciences or project development. There’s even the option to do a client secondment or an international secondment in Brussels or Dubai. When not working, trainees play an active role in internal diversity networks, the firm’s sports teams and social events. 

What the Firm Says

In an increasingly regulated world, we have an exceptional ability to help clients navigate their most complex business problems, deals, and disputes. Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise. What sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices. This enables us to create novel solutions to our clients’ toughest problems, successfully try their toughest cases and deliver commercially practical advice of the highest quality.

Our opportunities

Vacation schemes - Vacation Schemes | Covington & Burling LLP 

CovInsights (First Year Programme) - CovInsights (First Year Programme) | Covington & Burling LLP 

Mentoring Programme - Mentoring Programme | Covington & Burling LLP 

Covington (virtual) Insight Series - Covington Insight Series | Covington & Burling LLP 



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