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Judicial Clerks
We actively seek judicial clerks, and recognize the benefits of the insights and training conferred by a judicial clerkship.  Approximately half of all Covington lawyers have held at least one judicial clerkship, either directly after law school or after an intervening period of private practice.  For one year of clerking for a federal judge, or the highest court in any state or the District of Columbia, we offer a $50,000 bonus.  In addition, for two years of clerking we provide a $70,000 bonus.  We have a very active Supreme Court practice, as well as a number of former Supreme Court clerks among our ranks; we fully appreciate the benefits of a Supreme Court clerkship and offer Supreme Court clerks a highly competitive bonus and credit for their clerkships for purposes of partnership and compensation.

We strongly encourage law students to apply for clerkships during law school and, where feasible, to complete their clerkships prior to beginning as associates with the firm.  We encourage this timing because we have found that, despite our best efforts, starting at the firm for a limited time period with a fixed departure date for a clerkship can meaningfully diminish an associate’s experience and development.  Nonetheless, we understand that an increasing number of judges are hiring clerks to begin a year or more after law school graduation, and thus not all of our incoming associates will be able to obtain a clerkship immediately following law school, even when they have applied during the normal cycle in law school.  For this reason, we recognize that some of our incoming associates will unavoidably start at the firm for a period of time prior to beginning their clerkships.

We encourage current judicial clerks interested in practicing with Covington to provide a current resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and list of references (including faculty and past legal employers) to the recruiting contact for the firm office in which they are interested. 

Recruiting Contacts

Ellen Purvance
Director, Legal Personnel Recruiting
Covington & Burling LLP 
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956

Nicole Carney 
Director of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development
Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Ayo Oliver
California Human Resources Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
One Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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