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Covington employs paralegals to assist attorneys and clients in all of its practice areas. The firm's team-based approach brings together lawyers and paralegals from different offices to meet the needs of its clients. The firm’s paralegal program is comprised of entry-level and experienced paralegals - at all experience levels paralegals contribute to the success of the firm and their contributions are highly valued.
Entry-level paralegal candidates must have a four-year undergraduate degree, strong academic background, and interest in pursuing a legal career. Entry-level paralegals must be willing and able to make a two-year commitment to the firm, which allows them to assess their career interests while gaining professional experience and insight into the practice of law.
Experienced paralegals are career-track litigation (mid-level and senior) or practice specialists. Mid-level litigation paralegals must have two or more years of experience with general litigation matters; and senior litigation paralegals must have five or more years of experience with general litigation matters. Paralegal specialists must have substantial experience in their respective specialty area.
Our paralegals come from varied geographical areas and diverse educational backgrounds. Many of the firm's paralegals are entry-level paralegals who are recent college graduates recruited from top colleges and universities each year. Most entry-level paralegals continue on to graduate studies, including law school, business school, and doctorate studies, or to other professions, while some continue their employment with the firm as generalists or ultimately become a specialist in a particular area of practice. The firm also recruits experienced litigation paralegals and specialists in various practice areas.
Candidates are first screened on the basis of their resume; if invited in for an interview, are asked to provide college transcripts and professional references.
New paralegals take part in basic orientation upon starting at the firm, which includes an overview of firm policies and practices as well as basic computer training. Litigation and corporate practice specific training sessions follow, taught by attorneys, senior paralegals, and experienced outside professionals. Refresher training is also provided throughout the year to reinforce Covington practices and procedures, and to introduce new technology and information to the staff.
At the direction of and under supervision of an attorney, entry-level, mid-level, and senior litigation paralegals are responsible for all aspects of case management and support; and paralegal specialists support their assigned Practice Groups with all pertinent tasks.
Entry-level paralegals most frequently work on general litigation matters and are usually assigned full-time to three or four cases, though opportunities often arise for varied short-term projects. Experienced litigation paralegals assist in the management of complex litigation matters, including trial preparation and participation as well as mentoring entry-level paralegals. Paralegal specialists support the firm’s practice groups in such areas as communications, intellectual property, and life sciences. In addition, all paralegals may assist attorneys on pro bono matters.
Typical litigation tasks performed by paralegals entail: organizing and maintaining documents and databases; using LexisNexis or Westlaw to pull cases and cite-check briefs; and, preparing attorneys for client meetings, depositions, hearings, and trials. Paralegals working on transactional matters will typically be engaged in organizing and maintaining due diligence documents, working with documents from SEC databases and client websites, and interfacing with corporate service companies to prepare attorney teams for corporate filings and closings.