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About Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley LLP is an international commercial law firm whose history extends back more than 90 years. Cooley is a leading technology and life sciences firm with 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the US, China and Europe and more than 1800 employees worldwide.  Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies and has more than 5,000 private and 500 public company clients. Those 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 been fortunate to receive a number of recent accolades; it was named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Places to Work For” in addition to becoming an AmLaw Top-30 firm. Cooley is also recognised as an Elite “Top-25 Innovative Law Firm” by the Financial Times.

Cooley has adapted and grown with the times. On 12 January 2015 more than 55 lawyers, including some of the UK's top practitioners and other professionals joined together to form Cooley (UK) LLP in one of the largest ever openings of a US law firm in London.


Cooley is wholly committed to recruiting and providing excellent training to trainees in London. The hallmarks of the training experience we can offer will revolve around small groups of trainees (currently four places available annually) and really hands-on involvement. We truly believe in learning by doing. You will have all the excitement and challenge of working on high-value, complex transactions and disputes. You will get real responsibility on some of the highest quality work for the highest quality clients. The smaller teams you will work in will lead to high levels of partner contact but also the sense that you can make a substantial contribution with both your thoughts and actions. There will be plenty of opportunities for client contact. All of this comes in an environment where people enjoy working together as a team and are supportive and respectful of each other. Cooley is focussed on building something special in London. The opportunities for trainees now and in the future look promising not least because of the amazing clients and work that Cooley already does.


An extensive and detailed induction is how you begin your training. Trainees then rotate every six months through some of the firm's contentious and non-contentious specialisms in Corporate, Regulatory and Litigation areas. Trainees give preferences for their seat moves and have input into the process. There may also be opportunities for client secondments from time to time which will really add something to your development as a truly commercial lawyer.

Supplementing your hands-on learning and development will be our tailored trainee training programme. The programme offers regular sessions designed to increase your technical knowledge for the work we do. It also gives opportunities to develop your finance, marketing and commercial skills and understanding. Our practice groups also have their own programmes. You will be included in those and any firm-wide opportunities to increase your knowledge and extend your understanding.

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.

What we look for

To apply you will need to demonstrate academic excellence (minimum 2.1 and 320 UCAs points from three A levels, not including general studies), great commercial awareness, an understanding of teamwork and the ability to take on responsibility. You should be able to demonstrate plenty of energy, drive and determination. Your understanding of business and commercial considerations, in addition to client relationships should be of a good standard. You will also be adaptable and capable of thinking on your feet. You should have developed great communication and interpersonal skills 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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