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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Covington & Burling LLP

7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 13 ratings in 2017)
"A friendly, confidence-building and motivating firm."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
6.4 / 10
8.8 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 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 work/life balance suffers.
  • Some trainees would like more contact with their supervisors.
  • Some 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...

"The application process includes a first interview, a written exercise, a negotiation..."

"The culture in the office is very respectful: this isn't a firm for shouters and..."

"There's not much formal training as it's mainly learning on the job."

"Everyone is very accessible and trainees are now sitting with partners, which means..."

"We're in a great location but we don't have many useful facilities."

"It depends on the department. I did not expect them to be as long as they are, which..."

"Trainees are not entitled to bonuses irrespective of the number of hours you have..."

"We have a trip to Washington DC in our second year to visit the firm's headquarters...."

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

"I was asked questions about my background, why I would like to join Covington and..."

"Personally I've seen little discussion of this, although it's possible there's more..."

"Management generally reacts quickly to changes in the market/circumstances and tries..."

"While I do not feel that the issue of diversity is really applicable to me, my understanding..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"I tend to get very good-quality work that is at the associate level. It's challenging..."

"The pro bono work undertaken by the firm is varied."

"We get an excellent quality of work and a high level of responsibility."

"The lack of a cafeteria."

"I was convinced to apply to the firm because of the interesting practice areas that..."

"To my knowledge, every year for a while now, everyone who wants to stay on has been..."

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

"Punches above its weight."

"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..."

"The firm actively encourages capable people who would contribute to the life of the..."

"More feedback and support from lawyers."

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