I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than a year)
Tech licensing, strategic partnerships & M&A for biotech and pharma are best in the world. I lateraled into the Life Sciences group and practiced there for 2 yrs. Whenever a pharma merger or partnership made headlines, I worked on it in some way. Truly unique firm to get this type of experience.
Regulatory and privacy practices are amazing. You work directly with former senators, agency directors, and agency general counsels. When I worked in the SF office, a partner who I interacted with regularly (but didn't directly work with) was appointed to be a federal judge, which was really cool.
Insurance practice is US News' Law Firm of the Year. If you want to learn insurance law from the best, come to Covington.
I went in-house from Covington, and I made sure it was my company's go-to firm for our insurance, privacy, and any other regulatory needs. (We're not a life sciences company. Otherwise, I'd use them for that too.)
As big law firms go, Covington does THE BEST at achieving work-life balance, but when you practice law at this level, there's no way around it... you'll work hard.
Covington is extremely selective in hiring. (I still don't know how I slipped through.)
Advice to Management
All associates in my class felt they had a real chance to make partner if they really wanted it. Management gives associates lots of opportunities to prove themselves. My advice to management would be to keep that up.
I applied online. I interviewed at Covington & Burling (Washington, DC) in November 2016.
Paper work took awhile to complete but I had to go through two interviews. One phone interview with HR and then an interview with the conflicts manager and Special counsel.