About Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP is an international law firm founded in 1919. Now in our tenth decade, the firm's good work and good works have continued. The firm now has more than 1,000 lawyers with 13 offices worldwide. What sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices. This enables us to create novel solutions to our clients’ toughest problems, successfully try their toughest cases and deliver commercially practical advice of the highest quality. Covington represents 35 of the FT Global 50 and more than half of the Fortune 100.
The main practice areas of the firm are Corporate advisory (including capital markets, M&A, finance, private equity, venture capital and funds), project development and finance, commercial litigation, data privacy, employment, financial services, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property, internal investigations and compliance, international arbitration, life sciences, tax, technology regulatory.
We offer up to 9 training contracts per year. Successful applicants will receive payment of tuition fees for both the GDL and the LPC, and a maintenance grant of up to £8,000. The candidates we choose are sharp, articulate and quick-thinking in interview. They have confidence and composure, but also honesty and humour. As a trainee you will receive work assignments designed to develop your skills and will get the support and training to excel in your work. In addition, all our lawyers, including trainees, are encouraged to undertake pro bono work. You will do four six-month seats, rotating between departments. All trainees will undertake a seat in corporate and a seat in dispute resolution.
Our trainees benefit from a carefully tailored programme. Each trainee sits with a senior lawyer who ensures they are exposed to meaningful work in a supportive environment. They are also assigned an associate mentor and will enjoy regular contact with the training principal and PD team. Our training programme ensures that the formal training, as stipulated by the SRA in their Skills Standards, is provided and that more informal professional development opportunities and on-to-one support are also available. During the course of the training contract, trainees will participate in all practice group training sessions on offer, in addition to taking part in all broader skills-based development programmes run by the firm. Professional Skills Course training is compulsory and is comprised of three core modules and 24 hours of electives, which trainees are responsible for selecting and scheduling. This training is delivered by an external provider.
One of our current trainees praised the firm's smaller intake, meaning “you don't get lost in a sea of faces.” Covington takes a one firm approach, with everyone having different skill sets and experiences, who work collaboratively to try and solve problems together.