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Cooley (UK) LLP

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

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Smart, techy, innovative."
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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"A close trainee cohort, a lot of responsibility, lots of social events."

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"Its reputation. The quality of work. Its internationalism."

"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."

"Tech savvy, cool, new kid on the block."

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

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