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Covington & Burling LLP

The Firm

Covington & Burling LLP was founded in Washington DC nearly a century ago.  Today, the firm has over 1000 lawyers globally in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.  Covington’s London office, overlooking the Royal Courts of Justice, was established over 25 years ago.  Covington has been rated a Top Ranked Leading Law Firm by Chambers UK 2017 and appears in The Lawyer Top 30 International Law Firms and Legal Business Global 100 surveys.

Types of work

Our capabilities in London include regulatory law (across multiple industries), corporate and commercial transactions, anti-corruption and compliance, dispute resolution, international employment and mobility, insurance, trade controls, intellectual property, real estate and tax.  Our broad industry experience includes life sciences, technology, financial services, media and communications, energy, branded goods and sports industries.

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 seat and dispute resolution.  We try to accommodate your interest in specific practices areas whenever possible and currently offer optional seats in the following areas: employment, life sciences regulatory, technology and media, project development and finance, real estate / tax.  The firm also offers trainees the chance to go on secondment to either a client or to the Brussels office.

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 attract trainees who are interested in making a long term commitment to the firm.

Who should apply

We are looking for consistently high academic results (on target for a 2:1 degree or above), commercial awareness, 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 20 places split over two, two-week programmes which involves a variety of talks, work assignments, social events and activities. 


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