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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.

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"Cooley is very non-hierarchical and you really feel like you could pop in and speak..."

"The lunchtime internal training programme for trainees wasn’t running when I started,..."

"Informal training does vary across departments and fee-earners but on the whole it..."

"The office is in a great location above Liverpool Street. The firm recently introduced..."

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

"City solicitor salaries are somewhat out of control. However, I'm in no way complaining..."

"The firm shares a box at the O2 so tickets are occasionally available. It's normally..."

"Tell us about a significant challenge you faced and how you overcame it. Tell us..."

"Green initiatives at the firm include the use of recycling bins, electronic filing,..."

"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..."

"We assist students giving legal advice through QLegal (at Queen Mary University),..."

"A close trainee cohort, a lot of responsibility, lots of social events."

"There seems to be a lack of flexible working for women but perhaps this is more a..."

"The small intake of trainees and strength in intellectual property work and likelihood..."

"Four out of six trainees this year were retained, which was disappointing as trainees..."

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

"Sociable, big-name clients, supportive atmosphere."

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

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