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Cooley are lawyers for innovators. We have preeminent technology, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices and nearly 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the US, China and Europe. Cooley lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes, complex litigation, often where innovation meets the law. The Firm has received a number of recent accolades; it was named one of Fortune’s “100 best places to Work For” in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as being recognised as an elite “Top-5 Innovative Law Firm” by the Financial Times. Cooley has adapted and grown with the times and opened their first European office in London in January 2015. It was an outstanding first year, culminating in winning Legal Week’s London Office of the Year award.

We offer four trainee positions in one intake per year. These are usually offered to candidates who have attended and performed well on one of our summer programmes.  Our smaller teams lead to high levels of responsibility and client contact. You will be able to make a substantial contribution to the matters you work on. Cooley strives to foster an environment where people enjoy working together as a team and are supportive and respectful of each other. The opportunities for trainees to work on some of the most exciting business and legal matters for some of the world’s most innovative companies is compelling.

Trainees rotate every six months through some of the firm's contentious and non-contentious specialisms. Trainees give preferences for their seat moves and have input into the process. 

Supplementing hands-on learning and development will be a trainee training programme. Regular sessions are designed to increase your practice-based technical knowledge and skills, as well as your understanding of Firm finances, business development and commercial considerations. 

Working alongside and learning from some of the best lawyers in their fields will give you a fantastic start to your professional life. A multi-level support network of partners, mentors and a buddy system ensures you have a targeted level of guidance.

Academic excellence, great analytical skills and a rigorous approach are essential for the complexity of the work Cooley does. You will need plenty of energy, drive and determination, as well as great business awareness. You should have impressive communication and interpersonal skills developed from a variety of situations. Understanding teamwork, evidence of leadership and seeking responsibilities are vital. Interesting achievements and making the most of non-academic and work experience (not necessarily all legal) opportunities will help applicants stand-out.

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