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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Covington & Burling LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly and intelligent people."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
7.8 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
 
Hours
6.3 / 10
 
Salary
8.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.5 / 10
 
 
Training
7.2 / 10
 

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"You should be very thorough in your research: when they ask you why you're applying..."

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

"Each practice group has weekly/fortnightly training updates on the latest developments...."

"I have had good performance feedback from most lawyers (and can certainly be solicited..."

"Great location, right next to the Royal Courts of Justice. The dress code is formal..."

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

"Trainee pay is in line with comparable firms."

"The free (or reimbursed) meals and transport home when working late are much app..."

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

"Some questions required thinking on your feet. I was also asked situational judgement..."

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

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

"The firm has a strong commitment to diversity at a global level. The London office,..."

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

"The role varies from administrative tasks to drafting legal documents in high-stakes..."

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

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

"The lack of a cafeteria."

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

"Generally the firm has a very high retention rate, however business demand is the..."

"We have a highly successful (and recently promoted) softball team!"

"Respectful and clever."

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

"There could be more diversity in seat choices, and a chance to undertake a litigation..."

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