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|Minimum qualification:||On target for or have achieved a 2.1 degree (any subject)|
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Application details and method of selection
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 summer vacation scheme in the first instance.
The deadline for our 2017 summer schemes is 31 January 2017. Direct applications for training contracts starting in 2019 are now open, with an application deadline of 17 July 2017. For both the summer schemes and training contracts, please apply via our online application form which can be accessed via our website at www.cov.com.
Firm description and career prospects
Covington & Burling’s LLP 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 900 lawyers globally, in offices in Beijing, Brussels, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington.
Covington has been rated a Top Ranked Leading Law Firm in Chambers UK 2016 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, 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.
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.
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 2017 summer scheme places is 31 January 2017.
Apply via our online application form which can be accessed via our website at www.cov.com.
Training contract programme
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.
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.
Corporate, dispute resolution, employment and incentives, life sciences, technology and media, client secondment.
Type of practice
General Practice, Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche
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Diversity access schemes
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