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2019

"There's a very friendly and academic atmosphere. The application process felt like the firm wanted to get to know me rather than a tick-box exercise with endless tests and assessments."
First year trainee, London
"Its well-known strengths in regulatory work (life sciences, tech and media). Then, after I was on the vacation scheme, the people. They are friendly, bright and, like many other trainees, I felt I could really be myself with them."
First year trainee, London
"I was attracted by the fact that lawyers at Covington are largely generalists who are free to build a practice in an area they want rather than being put into a niche area early on, which is a risk in some larger firms. The US connection and global presence, as well as the friendly people and culture, are attractive. The pay is competitive and the reputation in the US and globally is very good."
Second year trainee, London
"I had narrowed my list of firms down to US firms as I wanted to train in an environment that would let me take on more responsibility at an earlier stage. Covington stood out because of its strong regulatory practices, which had always interested me. I was also familiar with the firm's reputation and policy of work in the US."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's reputation in the life sciences field."
Second year trainee, London
"The small trainee intake and the unique mix of practice areas."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The combination of working with top clients and having good responsibility and interesting work from the start, coupled with a friendly and supportive atmosphere where the hours are not horrible. I am very interested in the tech work that the firm undertakes."
Second year trainee, London
"The strong life sciences practice and the fact that it's a smaller firm so you can get more responsibility early on."
First year trainee, London
"The type of work, the friendliness of the firm and the size of the office. Unlike in a big office, you are able to work across a range of areas in one seat and are not pigeonholed into one niche practice area."
First year trainee, London
"I wanted to work for a US-based firm that did lots of work in innovative and dynamic sectors with a regulatory aspect. Covington is an amazing firm for working on big tech and pharma clients and the work it does is really cutting edge. I wanted to be a part of that."
First year trainee, London
"The fact that it's an American firm with a smaller intake and a good reputation."
Second year trainee, London
"I liked the sound of the work and the possibility of having a small group of trainees as it gave a greater chance of responsibility early on."
First year trainee, London

2017

"The high quality of work and training (Covington prides itself on this) and the opportunities to develop your career with the firm rather than merely complete your training and look to move elsewhere or stay stagnant."
Second year trainee, London
"The clients and the seats that trainees could do, the reputation of the firm for being a friendly and inclusive place and the pay."
Other - NQ, London
"It's reputation in the US as well as being a small office environment with a collegiate approach to work."
London
"The unique culture, the cutting-edge sectors and clients and the work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"I was convinced to apply to the firm because of the interesting practice areas that they offered and the comparatively small intake. However, it was the vacation scheme that really decided it as I immediately enjoyed the culture of the firm and the kind of work it provided."
First year trainee, London
"The specialist practice areas that the firm works in."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I was encouraged to apply to the firm by the small trainee intake, quality of clients, money and the opportunity to develop without being just a cog in a large corporate machine."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's regulatory reputation, expertise, clients and work all encouraged me to apply here."
First year trainee, London
"Its expertise in life sciences and the opportunity to do a seat in a life sciences regulatory department both encouraged me to apply here."
First year trainee, London
"I was encouraged to apply here by its somewhat academic atmosphere and cutting edge practice areas (we have several very strong regulatory practices that are quite unusual at international commercial firms). I also wanted to join a firm with a relatively small trainee intake, in a fairly small office, that still had top-tier clients (a benefit of being very well known in America)."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I chose the firm for its strengths in regulatory work, particularly tech & media and life sciences and the high calibre of the instructions it receives in those areas."
First year trainee, London
"Covington & Burling is an American firm with big clients and interesting work, but a smaller London office. I had a positive experience going through the interview process."
First year trainee, London
"I loved the atmosphere here when I did my vacation scheme, was very interested in several of the firm's practice areas and felt it was somewhere I could 'be myself'."
First year trainee, London
"I chose this firm because of its small size, esteemed reputation, interesting practice areas i.e. life sciences/tech and media/commercial, the high profile clients, international/US presence and the atmosphere seemed welcoming, intimate and friendly by City law firm standards."
First year trainee, London
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