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Brussels Recruitment

We are always looking for exceptional talent within our four practice groups: EU Antitrust/Competition, Life Sciences, Data Protection, and Public Policy.

All candidates must be able to demonstrate a consistently impressive record of academic achievements. In particular, we look for strong grades and proficiency in English.

Although being academically strong is important, we also wish for candidates to be sharp, articulate, and quick thinking. We value candidates with confidence, dedication, and team spirit, and who have an open mind and an innovative approach towards complex legal questions. Moreover, we seek candidates who share our values of excellence and collegiality and who are keen on working in a broad range of practice areas and business sectors.

We seek:

  • Experienced lawyers with experience in EU Antitrust/Competition, Life Sciences, Data Protection, or Public Policy and Government Affairs.
  • Junior lawyers with interest in EU Antitrust/Competition, Life Sciences, Data Protection, or Public Policy and Government Affairs.
  • Legal interns and German Referendare who want to complete part of their legal internship within our Brussels office.
  • Summer interns who will join our Brussels office for a month. From July until September we welcome students from all over the world. Students will sign a one-month contract and are subject to special employment conditions in Belgium.

To learn more, download the Brussels Recruiting brochure.

What We Offer

  • A competitive package, commensurate with experience.
  • Involvement in highly relevant, interesting, and complex matters.
  • Varied work in an inspiring and challenging international and dynamic environment.
  • Access and exposure to our outstanding international client-database.
  • The opportunity to join a dedicated and cohesive team of highly qualified  professionals.
  • A collegial atmosphere that encourages collaboration across teams, practices and continents, drawing together the best possible team to serve the client.
  • The opportunity to work autonomously, taking responsibility for clients and building rapport with them.
  • Continuous and high-quality training.
  • Team-building and group activities with other offices across the globe.

Our Programmes

Trainee Opportunities

We offer six month trainee opportunities within our Competition and Antitrust group. Over your 6 month contract with the firm, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on cutting edge matters with international clients. You will receive training throughout your time with us and will be allocated an Associate mentor who can help you navigate the firm from day one. Strong candidates can be considered for permanent Associate positions upon completion of their traineeship.

Our other practice groups recruit trainees on a more flexible basis, and candidates will be fully integrated into their practice groups, benefiting from learning from experts in their field and a supportive environment.

Candidates should have obtained an LL.M and have excellent English language skills.

Summer Internships

We are looking for candidates to join the firm for a one month internship, designed to allow you to gain hands on experience and develop your skills. The summer internship programme is open to masters students, who can demonstrate a passion for their chosen practice area.

Application Information

Application Deadlines

We have two intakes per year in March and September for our trainee positions.

  • Applications for our March 2022 intake open from 1 November 2021 - 31 January 2022
  • Applications for our September 2022 intake open from 1 April 2022 - 30 June 2022
  • Applications for our summer internship opportunities open from 1 December 2022 - 28 February 2022

How to Apply

At Covington, we strive to maintain the highest standards of integrity to ensure the commercial success and reputation of our firm. One means by which we do this is through conducting routine background checks, which is a requirement of joining Covington. The standard pre-employment background checks we may conduct on prospective partners, lawyers, and employees include checks relating to public social media presence, criminal records, education and employment history. Additional checks may be undertaken appropriate to the requirements of the role. All background checks are conducted in accordance with applicable local laws.

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and university transcripts to LegalRecruitingBR@cov.com.