Working at Covington

Covington & Burling LLP offers its lawyers and non-legal staff exceptional opportunities, in a collegial and exciting environment. Covington lawyers represent some of the world's most sophisticated clients in an extraordinary range of practice areas across the globe. Our firm culture enables our lawyers to carve out their own niches and develop expertise in emerging industries and new areas of the law. And we do so in a manner that embraces the finest traditions of the legal profession, including an unparalleled commitment to public service.

We are always looking for talented law students, trainees, lawyers and staff members with the ability, integrity, and initiative necessary to ensure that our firm continues to be a stimulating and rewarding place to practice law. We know that the character of our future is tied to the quality and energy of those who join us now.


More than 1,300 lawyers practice at Covington’s offices across the globe. Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise.

Client Service

We have achieved, and continue to maintain, the firm’s preeminent position, through our dedication to the highest standards of client service and a genuine commitment to close collaboration with one another. The interests of our clients always comes first, and our mission is to provide the best possible representation to our clients. We bring to this effort exceptional lawyers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and we combine our skills in handling highly complex corporate and litigation matters with the deep industry expertise grounded in our regulatory practices. We are thoughtful and creative in our approach to problems, dedicated and hardworking, responsive to our clients’ needs, and zealous and ethical in advocating our clients’ positions and achieving their goals.

In serving client needs, we dedicate ourselves to understanding our clients’ businesses and the particular competitive, regulatory, and political environment in which they operate. By appreciating our clients’ individual circumstances, we can better tailor the staffing of matters to meet their needs, and remain focused on achieving results that bear in mind their particular legal and business objectives.

Collegiality and Collaboration

For us, collegiality means that we have a deep respect for all our colleagues, from the newest administrative assistant to the most senior partner. Everyone here is treated as a professional colleague.

Our collegial atmosphere fosters the kind of teamwork that is central to our focus on client service. Clients do not “belong” to individual lawyers, they are clients of the firm. We draw on the skills and substantive expertise of all our professionals in a variety of practice areas and at different levels of seniority to provide the best possible service to our clients. This approach to practice not only contributes to excellence and efficiency in services but also to professional satisfaction and personal friendships among our lawyers. This close collaboration is one of the things that we believe distinguishes us from other firms.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Covington, we recognize the differences among us as an asset and a source of strength. We believe that excellence in the practice of law knows no racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, ability, or other boundaries.

We invite you to learn more about diversity at Covington by visiting our firm Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion section.

Pro Bono

Since its founding, Covington has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. Much of our pro bono work is anchored in meeting local needs, serving economically disadvantaged individuals and families in our surrounding communities, but the firm also has a long history of serving vulnerable clients and important causes throughout the U.S. and the world.

We invite you to learn more about the firm's public service activities by visiting the firm's Pro Bono section.

Lawyer Support and Integration

Covington’s offices have a collegial atmosphere reflecting a common bond of mutual respect and shared values. Associates have ample opportunities to work directly with partners, including on the larger cases and cutting-edge transactions that form an important part of our practice. Associates are encouraged to assume as much responsibility as possible, commensurate with their experience and training. The work is sophisticated and challenging, and we make a concerted effort to involve all of our associates in every aspect of the matters to which they have been assigned.

Much of our work is national and international in scope, cutting across a number of practice areas and requiring the collaboration of lawyers in two or more offices. Our lawyers regularly work with and visit lawyers in our other offices.

We invite you to learn more about the lawyer professional development by visiting the Professional Development section.