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What it’s like to train at Covington

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Are you thinking about starting a career in Law with Covington? In this article you’ll find out what they offer Trainees, why they’re different to other law firms and what you can expect from their training programme.



Why train at Covington?

You’ll be joining a firm with a distinctly collaborative culture where the people are approachable, generous with their time, and passionate about the law. Our Training Programme is fundamental to the continuing growth of the London office, setting you up for future success.

As a trainee at Covington you will have early responsibility and exposure. Working within small teams and playing a significant role in complex substantive work, our trainees work closely with senior lawyers and partners, and have a chance to make a real impact on work that matters.

What sets Covington apart?

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.

We combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices. This enables us to create novel solutions to our clients’ toughest problems, successfully try their toughest cases, and deliver commercially practical advice of the highest quality.

The training programme at Covington

At Covington, trainees benefit from a carefully tailored programme. Each trainee is supervised by a senior lawyer who ensures they are exposed to meaningful work in a supportive environment. Trainees are assigned an associate mentor and enjoy regular contact and support from the Professional Development team.

Core Seats

Our principal practice and industry groups are corporate, dispute resolution, life sciences, and technology regulatory. The demarcation between these areas is not rigid and lawyers frequently collaborate across groups and work closely with other international offices.

Corporate: Our corporate clients range from start-ups to established multinationals and include investment banks and investors. Given the firm’s particular strengths, much of our work is within the pharmaceutical/ life sciences, energy and clean energy, brands, technology, and media industries.

Dispute resolution: Lawyers in our dispute resolution practice advise companies across a wide variety of industries. Often our work is in ground-breaking, complex fields and we regularly advise on significant, high-profile cases in litigation and arbitration.


Trainees choose two elective seats from five areas, plus the opportunity to undertake international secondments. We make every effort to satisfy requests and tailor the training contract to specific interests.

5 possible areas are as follows:

  • Employment
  • Life Sciences Regulatory
  • Technology Regulatory
  • Project Development and Finance
  • Life Sciences Transactional
  • Secondment to Brussels (within the EU competition practice group)
  • Secondment to Dubai
  • Client secondment


Interested in starting a career in Law with Covington? Find out more.