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Covington & Burling LLP

  • 9 vacancies
  • 16 trainees
  • 30 partners
  • 0 staff

About Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling is an international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers, representing household names in corporate, life sciences, dispute resolution and technology/media matters.

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More info

The firm recruits trainees predominantly from the summer schemes. It is therefore strongly advised that all students interested in obtaining a training contract at the firm apply for a vacation scheme in the first instance.

The closing date for applications for our 2019 winter vacation scheme is 12 November 2019. The deadline for our 2020 summer schemes is 17 January 2020. Direct applications for training contracts starting in 2022 will open in Autumn 2019, with an application deadline of 10 July 2020. For both the summer schemes and training contracts, please apply via our online application form which can be accessed via our website at

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment Team

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

Covington & Burling LLP's London office, situated next to the Royal Courts of Justice, encompasses a broad range of expertise and practice areas. The office, established in 1988, combines deep industry knowledge with lawyers experienced in advising on a wide variety of pioneering legal issues. The firm has over 1,000 lawyers globally, in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai and Washington.

Covington has been rated a Top Ranked Leading Law Firm in Chambers UK 2017 and appears in The Lawyer Top 30 International Law Firm, as well as Legal Business Global 100 surveys.

At Covington & Burling, you will have an opportunity to work on cutting-edge deals for international and UK corporates such as Microsoft, Astra Zeneca and Facebook, Fortune 100 businesses and leading technology, life sciences and media companies.

Areas of work

Corporate advisory (including capital markets, M&A, finance, private equity, venture capital and funds), commercial litigation, project development and finance, data privacy, employment, financial services, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property, internal investigations and compliance, international arbitration, life sciences, tax, technology and media. In addition, all our lawyers, including trainees, are encouraged to undertake pro bono work.

Each year we offer up to 10 vacation placements on each of our two-week programmes. Participants sit with a senior lawyer and will be given as much hands-on experience as possible. Students will spend each of their two weeks in a different practice area and will be given as much hands-on experience as possible. They will also get involved in a research project, participate in group activities and attend a series of presentations. We also organise a number of social events so that students can have some fun and get to know us.

The closing date for applications for our 2019 winter vacation scheme is 12 November 2019.

The closing date for applications for 2020 summer scheme places is 17 January 2020.

Apply via our online application form which can be accessed via our website at

Trainee profile

We are looking for high academic performers, (on target to achieve a 2.1 or above), commercial orientation, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to be a team player. While some of our trainees have read law at university, we welcome graduates from every discipline.

Training environment

The training contact in London comprises of four six-month seats, rotating between departments. All trainees will undertake a seat in corporate and a seat in dispute resolution. We currently offer optional seats in the following areas: employment, life sciences, technology and media. Client secondments may also be available. We aim to distinguish our trainee programme by offering a genuine support network which includes assigning associate buddies and conducting regular performance reviews. We have an excellent record of retaining trainee solicitors on qualification and we aim to recruit trainees who are interested in making a long term commitment to the firm.

Covington will pay tuition and examination fees for both the GDL and the LPC. Maintenance will be paid at the current rate of up to £8,000 per annum.

  • Corporate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment & incentives
  • Life sciences
  • Technology & media
  • Client secondment
  • General Practice
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

265 Strand, London, WC2R 1BH
Phone: 020 7067 2000
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 20
Minimum qualification: On target for or have achieved a 2.1 degree (any subject)
Start salary: £48,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £390,166,028 (2012)
Starting salary: £48,000
Training contract applications: 486 (2014)
Retention rate: 83% (2013)
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • London
  • A4ID
  • Free Representation Unit
  • LawWorks
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Bright Network
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference
  • Warwick University Multicultural Scholars Programme