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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.4 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2019)

2019

"Every partner has been so approachable and every other member of the firm is willing to help and is very friendly. A lot of them have said that we will make mistakes, but nothing that can't be fixed, and that if we are unsure about anything we should ask. The acknowledgment of how new this all is to us from a partner who has been working in the field for 40+ years goes to show how friendly and cooperative Cooley is. We really are a team and people take it upon themselves to help us learn."
First year trainee, London
"People are generally really willing to answer questions or help you if you don't understand something or have made a mistake. My supervisor has also offered to help me with things like pro bono as well as the fee earning work that I'm doing, which I really appreciated."
First year trainee, London
"Associates are generally more than happy to share experiences and insights, making them valuable support for trainees. Trainees are also assigned a partner mentor for guidance throughout their training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is generally happy to answer questions both about work as well as share their advice and experiences about the career as a whole."
Second year trainee, London
"Many of the partners and senior associates are very keen to assist with informal mentoring and there are many who have been invaluable during my training contract. When I applied for my qualification role there were lots of senior people who were keen to assist with interview preparation and talked to me about how I could succeed."
London
"You can go up to anyone and ask them for anything and they will make time for you when they can."
First year trainee, London

2016

"I think I would have appreciated more input from the trainee partner during my training. I think the trainee recruitment manager sometimes found it difficult to satisfy all the trainees’ preferences when it came to seats and qualification, which was frustrating."
Second year trainee, London
"We are allocated a trainee buddy when we are a first year trainee. We are also allocated a partner mentor. There is a budget for buddies and mentors to take us out twice a year to talk through what we may need and want from our careers and generally about how we are."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent all round. I've had so much support from partners and associates of all levels."
Second year trainee, London
"Informal training does vary across departments and fee-earners but on the whole it has been very good. Although everyone is very busy, the partners do take the time to explain matters more fully and give good feedback and advice on how to improve. Trainees have formal mid- and end-of- seat reviews that involve written self-reflections, supervisor feedback forms and a meeting with your supervisor."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I have found that fee earners always recognise my contribution, say thank you and take the time to go through feedback. In my experience fee-earners are very approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"First year trainees get paired with second year trainee "buddies" who are there for you to ask questions, or take you for a coffee and just check that you're settling in well. This is a great system and makes you feel quite integrated from the beginning. The supervisors are all generally good mentors and formal performance feedback is given twice a seat."
First year trainee, London
"Fee earners are very accessible. Most supervisors are excellent at giving feedback on your work, and really take the time to go through it with you. I have always had recognition for good work and everyone says thank you. Trainees have a partner mentor and first year trainees have a second year trainee mentor, and there are various coffees and lunches scheduled for the latter arrangement."
Second year trainee, London
"The partners and associates are very accessible. We also have a trainee buddy and partner mentor scheme, as well as female mentors for female trainees."
Second year trainee, London
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