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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Covington & Burling LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2018)
"Professional, collegiate and old-fashioned."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
7.0 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.9 / 10


  • Trainees are offered high-quality work with a wide range of responsibility.
  • Supervisors provide support on a regular basis and mentors are seen as being helpful and available.
  • A collegiate and open-door culture ensures that trainees are welcomed into the firm.
  • Trainee retention is seen as being strong and consistent.


  • Occasional long or unpredictable hours may mean that the work/life balance suffers.
  • Some trainees would like to have options for international secondments.
  • Some feel that including more meetings with supervisors would help trainees to reach their goals.
  • Day-to-day roles and experiences can vary greatly between departments.

What insiders say about...

"It's an online application followed by a first-stage interview. There is then a longer..."

"Quite hierarchical but with an open-door policy. Colleagues get on well, although..."

"Personally, I think that the firm could provide more formal training."

"Accessibility of partners varies according to each individual. Some senior lawyers..."

"The current London office is slightly dated, but the location is fantastic. An office..."

"I have found that the hours can be tough at times, although comparable to friends..."

"The salary is high for London, especially for a firm with a decent work/life balance..."

"While I do not feel that there are any perks that are out of the ordinary, we have..."

"The application process is extremely competitive. You need top class academics and..."

"I was asked about my CV, about my teamwork skills, why I wanted to join the firm..."

"We do have recycling within the office but I'm not sure what our office's energy..."

"Partners are very approachable and willing to provide guidance. Trainees have a formal..."

"We have a diversity committee and host diversity events."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"Trainee work is challenging and interesting. There are limited admin tasks and trainees..."

"Covington has a fantastic pro bono programme. All trainees will have significant..."

"While they are department dependent, the people and the level of the work are positives...."

"Hours; lack of work/life balance; poor communication at times."

"I chose the firm for its strengths in regulatory work, particularly tech & media..."

"The retention rates here have been high historically."

"The firm is headquartered in Washington DC. In the second year of their training..."

"Friendly, quirky and ambitious."

"The range and quality of training as well as the small trainee intake."

"May vary during departments but usually there is a sufficient amount of training..."

"At Warwick University, the firm runs a 'multi-cultural scholars programme' where..."

"There could be more communication between trainees and their supervisors."

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