Type of opportunity:
You are about to begin what will hopefully be an exciting and successful career in the law, and it is critical that you start by selecting the best firm for you.
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. You will do four six-month seats, rotating between departments. All trainees will undertake a seat in corporate and a seat in dispute resolution. In addition, all our lawyers, including trainees, are encouraged to undertake pro bono work.
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. Benefits include life assurance, pension, private healthcare and season ticket loan.
Our trainees tell us that they were attracted to Covington in London because we provide the responsibility and opportunity of a close-knit office, combined with the resources and prestige of a leading international firm. Above all, though, we recognize the importance of a great firm culture. We have some of the best lawyers in the world because we understand that excellence in legal practice is as much about effective teamwork, clear and shared values and generosity to colleagues and clients as it is about legal analysis.
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