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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)
"Sociable, big-name clients, supportive atmosphere."
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 location is great, the offices are typical City firm offices that may not reflect..."

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

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

"During my interview I was asked to describe the implications of the Eurozone crisis...."

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

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"Pro bono hours count as billable, so there is no penalty for taking on pro bono initiatives...."

"You can get high levels of responsibility."

"Limited secondment opportunities."

"The firm's small trainee intake, and a chance to practice areas of law I was interested..."

"Retention rates from the legacy firm have not been good in recent years, but the..."

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

"Smart, techy, innovative."

"Better communication regarding seat rotations and new qualifier roles."

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