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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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"The Thursday cake trolley is a perk of the job."

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

"The corporate/transactional floor currently has more women than men on it."

"High quality, accessible and always commercial."

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

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