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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)
"Cooley is the go-to firm for start-ups and technology companies."
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.

What insiders say about...

"The firm is looking for people who not only have the brains but are also quite forward-looking..."

"There's a lack of integration between the 10th (transactional work) and 11th (litigation)..."

"The firm is part of a wider group of law firms who put on educational seminars for..."

"Excellent all round. I've had so much support from partners and associates of all..."

"The location is great, the offices are typical City firm offices that may not reflect..."

"Very flexible in terms of you organising your working day. But there are billable..."

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

"There are cocktail parties organised once a month, we have frequent socials within..."

"The usual questions: why law? Why this firm? I was asked about recent events as ..."

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

"The firm is quite proactive in its approach to diversity and has increased the number..."

"Trainees get a lot of responsibility at Cooley and are really relied upon. You cannot..."

"I have advised a charity on its memorandum of understanding with a project partner...."

"High levels of responsibility and very interesting work."

"Expectation to work long hours, lack of gratitude from some senior members of st..."

"Strong reputation in the tech sector."

"Retention is good but not everyone will get the department they want."

"Every staff member gets a 'One Year at Cooley' travel mug delivered to their desk..."

"Smart, techy, innovative."

"Be clearer about what jobs are available on qualification."

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