Law School Graduates

We seek outstanding candidates from all parts of the country as associates. In addition to interviewing graduating students at law schools throughout the United States for associate positions, the firm also considers applications from third-year students and graduates of other law schools.


There is flexibility in the way that associates take on assignments. We honor new associates' practice preferences to the maximum extent possible. Over time, the associate is given both formal and informal opportunities to change assignments or to take on new matters. Associates ordinarily work with numerous partners on a variety of assignments in a number of practice areas. Partners oversee associate work assignments and are available to assist an associate in finding assignments and to consult more generally on the associate's career development.


The current starting salary for first-year associates is $215,000 in the United States.

Applying to Covington


We encourage current law students and recent graduates 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.


Our goal in speaking with an applicant's references is to develop a more complete and detailed understanding of the candidate and his or her qualifications. Thorough inquiries of an applicant’s references are a distinctive and crucial element of the Firm's hiring process for potential associates. This allows us to look beyond the candidate's paper record or relatively brief campus interview. We ask every candidate applying for an associate position to provide two to three references who can speak to the candidate's qualifications, including analytical and writing ability, judgment, maturity, and collegiality. For a candidate who has worked in a legal position previously (typically during a summer, externship, or clerkship), we ask to speak with a lawyer or judge who is familiar with the candidate's legal work. A prospective applicant should not be dissuaded from applying to the firm for this reason, and we frequently rely on references from non-legal employers, faculty, and other sources.

Due Diligence

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.


Recruiting Contacts


Carol Ma 
Office Administrator 
+86 10 5910 0300


Legal Recruiting


Legal Recruiting


Legal Recruiting

Los Angeles

Kelsey Donovan
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development
+1 415 591 6000

New York

Ali Iannuzzo
Director of Legal Recruiting & Professional Development
+1 212 841 1000

Palo Alto

Kelsey Donovan
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development
+1 415 591 6000

San Francisco

Kelsey Donovan
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development
+1 415 591 6000


Jiwon Hwang 
Office Manager 
+82 02 6281 0000


Jennifer Gui 
Office Manager
+86 21 6036 2500


Karema Page
Director of Legal Recruiting
+1 202 662 6200


Covington & Burling LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any aspect of employment, including hiring, salary, promotion, discipline, termination, and benefits, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, disability (including physical handicap), or any other improper criterion.

To apply for a position, please submit your resume, indicating the office location in which you are interested to the related office contact.