Cooley provides the opportunity to be part of a collaborative and diverse culture, representing the most innovative companies in the world. We handle game-changing deals, groundbreaking IP matters and business-critical litigation across a wide array of dynamic industries, while at the same time counseling startups and entrepreneurs poised to become the business and technology leaders of the future.
We challenge our people with endless opportunities right from the start. We help build careers through formal and informal mentoring programmes that emphasise superlative legal skills, real world problem-solving and the development of internal and external business relationships. We are looking for entrepreneurial individuals who are committed to serving our clients, energised by innovation and dedicated to shaping Cooley’s future.
We want applicants who have thought about their career path and are attracted to being part of a small group of trainees, with the added responsibility and hands-on involvement this often brings. Cooley offers the opportunity to work on some of the highest quality matters for some of the most interesting, dynamic and forward-thinking companies in the world.
We believe in learning by doing, and trainees will be involved in real work from the start. Cooley trainees are often pleasantly
surprised by the level of responsibility they have on the matters assigned to them. Cooley’s two-year training programme will be divided into four seats of six months each. This will likely include at least one business litigation seat, where work could involve general commercial, products, employment, insurance or IP matters. Other seats will be in noncontentious corporate commercial/transactional areas, where work could involve M&A, PE, VC, life sciences, finance matters, capital markets, compensation and benefits or technology transactions. Seat options may evolve over time and in response to Cooley’s commercial business needs, but we work to ensure trainees obtain experience in the areas of greatest interest to them. Trainees will be supervised by lawyers at varying levels of seniority, as the experiences can be different but equally valuable to a trainee’s development.
In addition to organising and supporting trainees through the Professional Skills Course, Cooley has developed a comprehensive training programme, which will be delivered by associates, partners and the professional development team at the firm. The aim is to enable trainees to develop practice-based skills and knowledge in our key areas, in addition to professional skills covering areas such as business development and finance. The support network at Cooley is extensive – trainees have an assigned supervisor, a trainee buddy in the year above, a partner mentor, the legal talent team, professional development team and the trainee principal to help and encourage progress and growth.
Cooley recruits for its trainee positions through its summer programme, interested applicants should apply to the 2021 summer programme (deadline: 31 January 2021) for Periods of Recognised Training commencing in late August 2023.
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