Vacation Schemes

Our Winter and Summer vacation schemes are a great way for students to really learn about the firm, its people and decide if a career at Covington is for them.

Over the one week (Winter) or two week (Summer) schemes students have the opportunity to become integrated into the London office and gain an insight into the work of a Covington lawyer.

Students have the opportunity to participate in:

  • a series of interactive presentations from practice groups and international offices;
  • a group activity;
  • networking sessions with trainees, associates, and partners;
  • an independent research project focusing on a practice area of interest; and
  • social events to help you get to know the firm.

Eligible applicants will be in their final year of a non-law degree or penultimate or final year of a law degree. We also welcome applications from graduates and career changers.

Key Dates

  • Winter Scheme applications open from: 7 September 2023 - 20 October 2023. The Winter Scheme will take place from 11 December 2023 - 15 December 2023.
  • Summer Scheme applications open from: 7 September 2023 - 12 January 2024. The Summer Scheme will take place from June 2024.

Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day, involving an interview with two senior lawyers and a group activity.

We recruit trainees exclusively through our vacation schemes. All vacation scheme attendees will be interviewed and assessed for a Training Contract/QWE.

What Our Trainees Say About Working at Covington

Olivia Scalise-Gaspar, Newly Qualified Associate

"My favourite part of the Covington vacation scheme was how it encouraged us to exercise all of the different muscles lawyers use to support clients: the independent research task, the group negotiation, and the interview assessment supported our development of key skills, including legal analysis, effective writing, teamwork and responsive presentation."