Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey into law
I graduated from a law degree at the London School of Economics this year and applied for a vacation scheme at Covington and Burling this summer. Following this, I was offered a training contract. My journey into corporate law actually began after I watched several law-related TV series and following this, sought relevant work experience within the sector.
Why did you decide to apply to Covington?
After taking part in the Bright Network mentoring scheme and witnessing the down-to-earth culture, unique focus on life science and regulatory work and high-profile international clientele of the firm, applying for a vacation scheme there was an easy decision. Further, Covington’s strong commitment to pro bono work and genuine dedication to diversity meant that it really aligned with my own value-system.
What did you gain from the Mentoring Scheme?
The main thing that I gained from the mentoring scheme was the confidence in corporate environments and the ability to network with legal professionals. Prior to the scheme, I had never met a corporate lawyer which made vacation scheme applications seem daunting. Having someone who has been through the same journey as you, ready to answer any questions and give informal advice, was invaluable!
How did you find the virtual vacation scheme at Covington?
The virtual vacation scheme was incredibly well-organised and engaging. It combined interactive departmental sessions with a wide range of social events which enabled us to network with lawyers across the firm, as well as our vacation scheme peers. The virtual format did not detract from the welcoming culture of the firm. Further, the assessed work we were given during the week was intellectually stimulating and admittedly, very fun! I left the scheme feeling sure that Covington was the right place for me.
What would be your top tip to members going through the vacation scheme application process?
My top tips for those applying to vacation schemes would be: stay true to yourself and be confident! A big part of this is making use of the experiences you do have (whatever they may be) rather than constantly focussing on the ones you don’t have. Diversity is definitely a strength!
Anything else you would like to add?
Good luck to everyone applying; remember that you have nothing to lose by submitting an application!