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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Highly motivated, intelligent and hard-working lawyers. We think..."
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...

"Focus on the skills you have developed and how they will contribute to you being..."

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

"We attend numerous internal lunch time seminars with associates and partners and..."

"The partners and associates are very accessible. We also have a trainee buddy and..."

"Location and facilities are excellent. The firm has a Friday dress down policy."

"I found the hours to be relatively long, but there is no expectation to stay late..."

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

"I found the mobile phone allowance to be a perk of working for Cooley."

"I was asked questions along the lines of: tell us about yourself; why did you choose..."

"Although there is still lots to do in this area, we have recycling in all of the..."

"Cooley has various diversity initiatives, such as the diversity committee and women's..."

"I have a lot of indirect exposure to clients in my role."

"Fee earners are strongly encouraged to do pro bono work. There is a pro bono hourly..."

"High levels of responsibility and very interesting work."

"A lack of flexible working practices at the firm can be an issue."

"I chose the firm because of the small trainee intake, which meant that I was given..."

"Although Cooley seems to try to keep as many trainees as possible, retention is very..."

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

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

"I think there should be scope for secondments to other Cooley offices."

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