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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)
"Technically brilliant, fantastic clients, an environment in which you can truly learn as a lawyer."
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...

"There's a written application followed by two rounds of interviews. The main advice..."

"I would not say that the structure is particularly hierarchical as the work of partners..."

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

"There's a very good mentoring culture where fee earners are always willing to chat..."

"The offices are modern and spacious, and the location beside the Royal Courts of..."

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

"Trainees don't qualify for bonuses at the firm, but I have nothing to complain about..."

"We get a season ticket loan to help with transport costs."

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

"I was asked to prepare a discussion on a current events topic (this was the London..."

"I am unsure of the firm's efforts to reduce their carbon footprint."

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

"The firm is committed to, and makes a number of efforts to ensure, diversity. It..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"I have had little client contact so far, but have had a decent level of responsibility..."

"There are lots of opportunities for pro bono work. There is an annual pro bono dinner..."

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

"I would say that the facilities could use some improvement."

"The retention rates have been good historically."

"We have an excellent softball team."

"The firm is very polished and very sharp."

"I attended the vacation scheme and really enjoyed it."

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

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

"An on-site gym would be ideal."

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