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Covington & Burling References

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:20 pm

Has anyone gone through this reference process? Do you know what kinds of references they prefer (professors, employers, both?) I want to notify my recommenders as soon as possible. I have heard that Covington requires five references, but I have also heard they require two or three. Does anyone know which it is?

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:38 pm

I think I did one law school professor, an attorney from my 1L summer, a supervisor I was still close with from my employer before law school, and one college professor, and that was fine. So a mix. I'm sure others did all law school professors and that worked too.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby polareagle » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:22 pm

I believe I gave them three. One was a summer supervisor, one was a law school professor, one was a law school writing instructor.

The writing instructor told me that they aggregated all of the students who had listed him and asked him to rank each of us against each other. Because we were all in a half-section together, this amounted to asking him to rank me against 10 or so of my close friends who also applied for Covington DC. He refused (fortunately), but know that it's a possibility.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby rpupkin » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:48 pm

polareagle wrote:I believe I gave them three. One was a summer supervisor, one was a law school professor, one was a law school writing instructor.

The writing instructor told me that they aggregated all of the students who had listed him and asked him to rank each of us against each other. Because we were all in a half-section together, this amounted to asking him to rank me against 10 or so of my close friends who also applied for Covington DC. He refused (fortunately), but know that it's a possibility.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:09 pm

rpupkin wrote:
polareagle wrote:I believe I gave them three. One was a summer supervisor, one was a law school professor, one was a law school writing instructor.

The writing instructor told me that they aggregated all of the students who had listed him and asked him to rank each of us against each other. Because we were all in a half-section together, this amounted to asking him to rank me against 10 or so of my close friends who also applied for Covington DC. He refused (fortunately), but know that it's a possibility.

LOL


FYI OP, this should give you a pretty good indication of what Covington's firm culture is like. But I guess they do have a really nice office, so that's worth...something?

At any rate, be careful in picking your references because they will definitely call all of them. Last year they wanted 3; I also gave a mix.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby barkschool » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:FYI OP, this should give you a pretty good indication of what Covington's firm culture is like. But I guess they do have a really nice office, so that's worth...something?
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You don't even understand how prestigious they are though

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:32 pm

Do they require professors references or anything like that? Or are all work references okay?

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:49 am

I submitted a mix, but I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about it. If they want a different type of reference or a reference from a particular position, legal recruiting will ask you for that information. Just a quick email -- no big deal.

If your school has an active alum who is involved in recruiting and still knows folks on campus, they will also contact professors who you didn't list.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:19 am

Do they ask for references after the screener? Because I emailed recruiting and got a screener at Covington NY without references -- or is the DC office the only one that requires references?

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Do they ask for references after the screener? Because I emailed recruiting and got a screener at Covington NY without references -- or is the DC office the only one that requires references?


Also interested.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby lavarman84 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:36 pm

Covington comes off as kind of crazy.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby rpupkin » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:43 pm

lawman84 wrote:Covington comes off as kind of crazy.

Convington wants you to really want to work for them. That way, you're more likely to stay when they start paying you below-market compensation.

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Re: Covington & Burling References

Postby lavarman84 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:46 pm

rpupkin wrote:
lawman84 wrote:Covington comes off as kind of crazy.

Convington wants you to really want to work for them. That way, you're more likely to stay when they start paying you below-market compensation.


They could just try treating their associates humanely. That would distinguish them from most biglaw firms.



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