The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires a qualified solicitor to have a degree qualification (or equivalent), pass the SQE1 and SQE2, undertake two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE), and pass the character and suitability requirements.

We’re working with BPP to deliver a comprehensive SQE preparation programme prior to the start of your QWE. The SQE is designed to prepare you for the academic challenges of the examinations, as well as the fundamental skills, technical excellence and commercial awareness required for your role as a lawyer at Covington & Burling.

You will need to complete the SQE1 which tests your legal knowledge and the SQE2 which assesses practical legal skills. You must pass each stage of the SQE before moving onto the next.

For more information on the SQE, visit BPP.

Trainee Induction

Upon joining trainees participate in our induction programme which is a mix of skills programmes, legal fundamentals and resilience sessions.

You will be well prepared for life with your practice groups and at the firm.

Learning and Development

Alongside your seat rotations, the Trainee Induction and Fundamentals, you’ll take part in a tailored skills training programme (CovAcademy) which will equip you with a broad range of technical and business skills, to progress your understanding of business issues for your future development. The sessions within this learning programme are a hybrid of online and in-person, and internal and external speakers and training facilitators. You’ll put this learning into context as you rotate around different departments throughout your time as a trainee.

You’ll receive regular feedback from your supervisors and the Professional Development team, to provide you with meaningful support and guidance to progress in your career at Covington.


Mentoring provides a valuable source of support, networking and opportunities to discuss professional goals. As a firm we are committed to mentoring and all trainees are matched with a “Buddy” upon joining and then a mentor. Trainees can also participate in external mentoring initiatives, acting as mentors to students as part of the firm’s DEI work.