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Begins Training Contract in September 2016
I recently undertook the vacation scheme at Covington and will be joining the firm as a trainee in September 2016. I studied Economics and Management at Keble College, Oxford and will soon start the GDL at BPP University.
I was originally attracted to the firm due to its reputation for intellectually challenging work and a collegiate, supportive environment. The vacation scheme definitely confirmed my initial perceptions of the firm. During the vacation scheme, we were given individual projects to work on and also had meetings and talks to attend. In addition, we had a mock negotiation at the end of the week which we had to prepare for in teams. The different tasks tested your analytical, interpersonal and time management skills and really gave you a flavor of life as a trainee; we were each even given a trainee’s desk for the week.
I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation scheme, the individual projects were stimulating and the feedback from our supervisors gave an insight into the quality of work expected at Covington. The work was also extremely interesting, the mock negotiation was definitely the highlight of my week! Furthermore, the atmosphere at the firm was extremely friendly and the open office culture is one that certainly suited me. My experience on the vacation scheme cemented my desire to become a trainee with the firm and I am thrilled to be starting at Covington in 2016.
Begins Training Contract in September 2016
I read History at University College London, before taking the GDL and the LPC at The University of Law. I completed a vacation scheme with Covington in June 2014.
My time with the firm was invaluable. Throughout the week I was exposed to interesting and intellectually stimulating work. I completed a research project on a niche area of employment law, which required me to navigate thought-provoking judgments and come up with commercially applicable ideas. At the end of the week I took part in a group negotiation exercise. The summer scheme students were divided into two teams and we had to negotiate the terms of a takeover deal, which was a great challenge. The scheme was also a good opportunity to really get to know the firm and its people. We were given presentations on Covington’s main practice areas, in which we learned about the firm’s recent work and the legal challenges facing some of its clients. We also had a packed social schedule involving a table tennis tournament and dinner at The Savoy.
After completing the summer scheme I knew that I wanted to train at Covington. Because of its smaller intake, the firm can offer bespoke training contracts which combine early responsibility with high-quality work. The opportunity to be mentored by exceptional lawyers, the interesting client base and the collegiate culture were also very appealing.
Begins Training Contract in September 2017
I graduated from King's College London in 2014 with a degree in History, before completing the GDL at BPP in 2015. In July 2015 I attended the vacation scheme at Covington.
The week was certainly busy, but meant that we were able to gain a fantastic insight into life at the firm, and get to know the individual practice areas as well. Each department gave us a presentation on the nature of the projects they are involved with.
The vacation scheme was meticulously organized, and there was never a moment where we were left without something to get on with. We were each given an individual research project, which gave a further detailed insight into the types of work you may be expected to get involved with on a day-to-day basis at the firm. My project was in the realm of international arbitration, an area I had no previous knowledge of. Writing up a report on my findings, and suggesting what advice I would give the client, was a fantastic learning exercise for an aspiring trainee!
We also completed a group negotiation in relation to the terms of an acquisition. Working as a team and using our presentational and persuasive skills again provided valuable experience, as well as being lots of fun.
Some of the highlights of the week were certainly the social events. From playing softball against another firm, to lunches with current trainees, to a ping pong tournament at a nearby bar, and a dinner at the Savoy, we really got exposure to a range of people at the firm, all of whom showed a fantastic enthusiasm and interest in us as individuals.
Covington is an environment where the work is diverse and challenging, and where people thoroughly enjoy their engagement with the projects they work on. I am very excited to embark on my adventure at the firm in 2017!
I am a third year Law student at the University of Cambridge and took part in the 2015 summer vacation scheme at Covington.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at the firm and feel I gained an invaluable insight into Covington’s work and ethos. During my placement I was set two official tasks; one being a personal research assignment and the other being a group negotiation exercise. I was also seated with a Special Counsel in the Litigation team which allowed me to see the current work of the firm up close in that particular area. I very much appreciated the challenge of having my own tasks accompanied by a day-to-day insight into my seat supervisor’s work, which allowed me to develop a broader understanding of the firm, the work it undertakes and how this is approached practically.
I also had a fantastic time taking part in the wide array of social events: from softball to cocktails at the Savoy, there was a great deal of opportunity to meet a diverse range of Covington’s current employees and be exposed to the ethos of the firm. For me, the greatest drawing point of Covington was the firm’s ethos: approachability, friendliness and professionalism seemed to be firm wide values and that is why I can’t wait to begin my Training Contract with Covington in 2017.