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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Cooley (UK) LLP

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"High quality, accessible and always commercial."
7.3 / 10
Formal Training
5.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
6.4 / 10
9.4 / 10
5.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.2 / 10


  • The office has a friendly atmosphere that encourages trainee development.
  • As there is a small intake, trainees are able to take on high levels of responsibility early on.
  • The firm has a good reputation in the industry.


  • There is little transparency about what jobs are available on qualification.
  • Formal training has been seen as disorganised in the first year.
  • There could be more secondment opportunities for trainees.

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"Great location. Very standard City offices. Not flash like some of the well established..."

"The firm is extremely busy and so it makes sense that trainees are too, especially..."

"Pay at Cooley is very competitive. Trainees are eligible for the bonus scheme."

"Client-entertaining box at the O2, cake trolley Thursdays, Friday afternoon ice creams..."

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"There is a cycle to work initiative and part of the wellness programme would be 'green'..."

"The legacy firm only had one female partner but Cooley has already hired 3 more female..."

"Having compared it to other firms' trainees, I believe I have more responsibilities..."

"Cooley has an active pro-bono committee and is involved with several schemes. These..."

"I feel that I have a high amount of responsibility with direct partner supervision..."

"Limited secondment opportunities."

"The firm's small trainee intake, and a chance to practice areas of law I was interested..."

"Retention rates from the legacy firm have not been good in recent years, but the..."

"The London launch party was the best party ever held. Ever."

"Highly motivated, intelligent and hard-working lawyers. We think practically but..."

"Better secondment opportunities would be great."

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