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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"A firm with intellectual energy, that is convivial and diligent."
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
6.3 / 10
8.0 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.2 / 10


  • Trainees are offered high-quality work with a wide range of responsibility.
  • Supervisors provide support on a regular basis and there are several seat reviews to aid trainee development.
  • A collegiate and open-door culture ensures that trainees are welcomed into the firm.
  • The remuneration is considered competitive with other firms.


  • Occasional long or unpredictable hours may mean that work/life balance suffers.
  • The seat selection and rotation processes could be more transparent.
  • Some may feel that including more formal training sessions would help trainees to develop their skills.
  • Day-to-day roles can vary greatly between departments.

What insiders say about...

"Be confident about your achievements and think about how you could add to Covington...."

"The culture here is intellectual, but not overly hierarchical. The firm has socials..."

"There are plenty of introductory sessions teaching trainees how to navigate the firm's..."

"Generally people will tell you when you've done a good job. There is a buddy/mentor..."

"Although there is not much on the side of facilities, the location is great. There..."

"Working hours vary from seat to seat and your enthusiasm to get involved. There is..."

"Pay is reasonable though trainees do not get bonuses."

"The best perk is the supervisor/trainee social budget."

"I went through two rounds of interviews: the first was a generally straightforward..."

"In my interview I was asked the usual competency questions, such as why I had applied..."

"I am not really aware of any specific initiatives C&B have with regards to the e..."

"Managers are accessible but maybe are not as proactive as they could be. Feedback..."

"There is an active diversity committee that engages with the firm frequently and..."

"This depends on the department but there are usually good prospects to move up the..."

"Trainees are given a lot of responsibility very early on. Supervisors often assign..."

"The firm is very well known for its pro bono capabilities and does a huge amount..."

"Opportunity to get involved with niche and interesting areas of practice. Excellent..."

"Occasional stints of late nights."

"The firm's regulatory reputation, expertise, clients and work all encouraged me to..."

"The firm generally has quite high retention rates."

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

"A firm with intellectual energy, that is convivial and diligent."

"High-profile clients and the prospect of exciting, challenging work with an international..."

"The firm struggles to provide a robust training programme for all lawyers, likely..."

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

"More transparency on seat allocation."

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