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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)
"Relaxed, inclusive, likes to provide a challenge."
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...

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

"The office environment is friendly, although quite hierarchical. There is little..."

"I have picked up a lot of skills when it comes to client contact, interpersonal skills..."

"Mentors are usually happy to provide feedback and most people will praise your work...."

"The location is fantastic and close to both Covent Garden and theatres while also..."

"The hours depend largely on the department you are in and the case/transaction you..."

"I'm satisfied with my salary overall, but we probably get paid less per hour than..."

"We get taxis home after 9:00pm if working late. Dinner is also free if you're working..."

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

"I was asked questions on my academic and extracurricular background as well as my..."

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

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

"There is a high percentage of female associates, but that figure falls dramatically..."

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

"I've had my fair share of typical 'trainee tasks' (document review, proofreading,..."

"We have lots of pro bono initiatives and are encouraged to suggest new ones too...."

"Smaller trainee intake means higher levels of responsibility. The international nature..."

"Clarity could be improved on seat selection/rotation."

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

"This year retention rates were 100%."

"There's a big 4th of July party and a black tie Christmas party every year."

"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards of legal writing,..."

"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..."

"The firm works with a scholars programme at Warwick University."

"More frequent contact with the training principal."

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