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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)
"High quality, accessible and always commercial."
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...

"Following the application form there is an assessment day. The morning consists of..."

"There is a very sociable culture in the office."

"Training is constant. We are encouraged to take part in external training sessions..."

"I have found that fee earners always recognise my contribution, say thank you and..."

"The location is great, the offices are typical City firm offices that may not reflect..."

"They don't make us stay for the sake of being seen but there is not much flexibility..."

"Pay at Cooley is very competitive. Trainees are eligible for the bonus scheme."

"We get tickets to the box at the O2 if there are spaces left after anyone who wants..."

"The usual questions: why law? Why this firm? I was asked about recent events as well...."

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

"The firm has been better at hiring in a number of women partners but male partners..."

"My first two seats have been very hands-on, and I have had a lot of responsibility...."

"We assist students giving legal advice through QLegal (at Queen Mary University),..."

"High levels of responsibility and very interesting work."

"There seems to be a lack of flexible working for women but perhaps this is more a..."

"The small intake of trainees and strength in intellectual property work and likelihood..."

"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."

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

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