Applying To Our Summer Program

We seek talented and motivated individuals who share our well-known commitment to excellence. We assess candidates for summer associate positions based on an overall evaluation of their background and strengths. This evaluation includes, but is by no means limited to, academic distinction in law school and undergraduate education. We also look for students with strong motivation and initiative, the ability to take on responsibility, and enthusiasm for private law practice. The firm has long been committed to the highest standards of the profession and public service, and we look actively for new lawyers to continue in that tradition.

1L Applicants

We partner with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to hire 1L summer associates in our U.S. offices. The 1L Scholars Program gives law students the opportunity to work side-by-side with attorneys from Covington and a partnering client in select offices. The program provides scholars with exciting professional experiences while introducing them to the value of relationships and building networks with LCLD Members. Applicants must participate in the LCLD Scholars Program and LCLD Scholars Virtual Experience, and submit a cover letter describing their commitment to advancing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community and/or the legal profession. This program is open to candidates from all backgrounds without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

2L Applicants

We encourage current law students 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. If you are interested in more than one office, please submit an application to each office. Learn more about our reference policy in our FAQs.

On Campus Interviews: The firm conducts interviews with law students on many law school campuses and various job fairs.

Write-In Applications:
We strive to include students from a number of different law schools in our summer program. Please submit your application to the appropriate recruiting contact. We understand that many law schools have guidelines about early applications and we encourage you to act in accordance with your school's guidelines.

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.