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Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
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$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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It's no surprise that Washington, DC, law firm Covington & Burling, sandwiched on Pennsylvania Avenue between Capitol Hill and the White House, specializes in government regulation. With more than 700 lawyers, the firm also has strong antitrust ... Read more

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  • "Prestigious global law firm, and they care about Associates"

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    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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.)

    Cons

    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.

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Covington & Burling Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Covington & Burling (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Phone Call Interview - asked about my experience while looking at my resume. short and sweet. asked what i did in my previous internships and to expand more; then talked about the position more

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Covington & Burling Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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