Working at Covington
Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise.
What sets us apart is our ability to 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.
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We provide lawyers with the resources, experience, and support necessary to succeed. This means assisting lawyers with their professional development and career satisfaction.
Mentoring Program. Mentoring is integral to our culture, and associates can expect to be supported and benefit from a variety of mentors throughout their Covington career. Upon arrival at the firm, new associates are assigned a mentor to help with their integration and guide and support their careers.
Training Programs. With well over 200 in-house training programs offered each year, Covington fosters a learning environment for our lawyers. Our practice group-focused and skills training complements on-the-job learning to ensure associates develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful practitioners.
Assignments. Our legal personnel partners are assigned a group of associates for whom they monitor individual growth and development throughout the associates' careers, whether they choose to specialize early on or try a variety of practice areas.
Associate Advisory Committee. This committee, which is comprised of both associates and partners, provides an organized way for the firm's management and associates to exchange views and perspectives.
Diversity and Inclusion
Covington continues its determined focus to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment at the firm. By recruiting, retaining, developing, and advancing a diverse group of lawyers, we advance the interests of our clients, our practice, and our profession.
Affinity Groups. Covington’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee established firm-wide affinity groups to reflect the diverse backgrounds of our lawyers: African-American/Black, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, LGBT+, and Veterans. The affinity groups contribute to our firm culture and provide additional opportunities for mentoring, community building, and professional development.
Women’s Forum. The Women’s Forum is a firm-wide initiative designed to facilitate interaction among women lawyers at all levels of the firm. Through regularly scheduled programs and initiatives, the Women’s Forum provides opportunities for our women lawyers to network with each other and discuss issues of common interest, including career growth, mentoring, and business and professional development.
Diversity Speakers Series. As part of our Diversity Speaker Series, we invite a wide range of diversity thought leaders to speak with our lawyers about ways to further facilitate and promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Recent speakers included Brad Sears, Executive Director of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Tony West, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary with Uber, Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Covington partner and former United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
Commitment to pro bono service is a hallmark of our firm’s culture and has been integral throughout our 100-year history. Much of our pro bono work is anchored in meeting local needs, serving economically disadvantaged individuals and families in our surrounding communities, but the firm also has a long history of serving vulnerable clients and important causes throughout the U.S. and the world.
Commitment to pro bono service is a hallmark of our firm’s culture and has been integral throughout our one hundred year history. For the second consecutive year, The National Law Journal has named Covington to its "Pro Bono Hot List." The firm has appeared on The American Lawyer’s “A-List”—an annual ranking of the top 20 firms based on revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, diversity, associate satisfaction, and the percentage of female equity partners—14 times since it was introduced in 2003.
Lawyers are encouraged to work on a variety of pro bono matters across a range of clients and subject areas. Many of Covington’s pro bono efforts are anchored in meeting significant local needs, such as civil legal aid and indigent defense. The firm also has a long history of serving the most vulnerable clients and important causes, regardless of location. Covington handles numerous death penalty and wrongful conviction matters across the United States, as well as other important civil and human rights matters, including class action litigation and systemic reform projects related to immigration, homelessness, LGBT+ rights, freedom of the press, juvenile justice, mental health, mass incarceration, and government-sanctioned discrimination.
Lawyers in all of Covington’s offices are also working to advance international human rights and global access to justice, advising hundreds of NGOs focused on improving access to food, water, healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and justice in the world’s poorest regions.
Pro bono assignments are an important way to develop skills and gain experience early in an associate’s career. Last year 100 percent of our U.S.-based associates worked on pro bono matters.
Through our summer associate program, we provide a select group of law students from around the country the opportunity to participate in a broad and exciting range of legal matters.
Assignments: Work with Us. Our interactive and individualized assignment system is the foundation of our program. We actively solicit input from summer associates on desired assignments and encourage them to try projects in multiple practice areas.
Customized. Summer associate assignments are tailored to individual practice interests. Because our assignments typically last no longer than two weeks, summer associates are able to try a variety of practice areas. We encourage summer associates to explore and find those that resonate most with individual interests.
A Variety of Real Legal Work. Our goal is to evaluate a summer associate’s abilities based on real assignments, whether researching issues and drafting briefs, or negotiating contracts. Our lawyers and clients rely on the work product that our summer associates help produce.
Education: Learn with Us. Our substantive summer training programs include depositions, advocacy writing, communication skills, and transaction and settlement negotiations. Summer associates are also invited to participate in client and internal strategy meetings and court hearings.
Social: Get to Know Us. We ensure that our summer associates get to know our lawyers outside of the office through a variety of social events. We also provide the opportunity for summer associates to take advantage of many of the cultural activities that our cities have to offer. Events include baseball games, concerts, wine tasting, and hiking.
To Learn More, Download the 2019 Summer Associate Program Brochure.