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Covington & Burling LLP

The Firm

Covington & Burling’s LLP London office, situated next to the Royal Courts of Justice, encompasses a broad range of expertise and practice areas. The office, established in 1988, combines deep industry knowledge with lawyers experienced in advising on a wide variety of leading-edge legal issues. The firm has over 800 lawyers globally, in offices in Beijing, Brussels, London, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington. Covington’s is a top 30 law firm and the firm’s growth and success has been recognised by numerous awards. The Firm has been rated a Top Ranked Leading Law Firm in Chamber UK 2012 and in The Lawyer as a Top 30 International Law firm.

Our London office currently has over 65 lawyers and we continue to have ambitious growth plans for the London office. We practice as one firm, adhering closely to core values that start with a deep commitment to our clients and the production of top class quality work for them. An emphasis on teamwork among our lawyers and other professionals is of course central to this. Many of our Partners are recognised as leaders in their respective fields by the most respected professional directories and market commentators.

The firm is also rated as one of the leading firms by the American Lawyer. Ranked in “The A-List”, Covington & Burling is part of a listing of twenty elite US law firms which are assessed on financial performance, pro bono activity, associate satisfaction and diversity.

At Covington & Burling, you will have an opportunity to work on cutting-edge deals for international and UK corporates, global institutions such as Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline and Procter & Gamble, Fortune 100 companies and leading technology, life sciences and media companies.

Types of work

Corporate advisory (including capital markets, M&A, finance, private equity and venture capital and funds), commercial litigation, data privacy, employment, financial services, internal investigations and compliance, international arbitration, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property, life sciences, tax, technology and media.

As a trainee you will receive work assignments designed to develop your skills and will get the support and training to excel in your work. In addition, all our lawyers, including trainees, are encouraged to undertake pro bono work.

Training programme

You will do four six-month seats, rotating between departments. All trainees will undertake a seat in Corporate and a contentious seat in Dispute Resolution. We try to accommodate your interest in specific practice areas whenever possible and currently offer optional seats in the following areas: life sciences transactional, life sciences regulatory, technology and media, intellectual property and we also offer client secondments.

The work you undertake will vary by practice areas and we aim to give trainees as much responsibility as they can manage. You will work in small teams directly with associates and partners, and with overseas colleagues.

We aim to distinguish our trainee programme by offering a genuine support network which includes assigning associate buddies and undertaking regular performance reviews.

We have an excellent record of retaining trainees on qualification and we aim to recruit and retain trainees who are interested in making a long term commitment to the firm.

Who should apply

We are looking for consistently high academic achievers, (a 2.1 degree or above), commercial orientation, strong interpersonal skills and team players. Whilst some of our trainees read law at university, we welcome graduates from every discipline.

We also operate a Summer Vacation Scheme which runs in June and July. We have 24 places split over three, week-long programmes which involves a variety of talks, work assignments, social events and activities.


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