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The summer programme is the only route into getting a training place at Cooley (UK). Therefore if you think you might like to train and develop your career at the firm you should apply for the programme. The summer programme is open to law students in their penultimate and final years', non-law students in their final year and graduates/those already at law school. Applications are via the online application system here: Cooley UK Trainee Application. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete an online critical thinking appraisal, those who perform most impressively will be invited to attend a half-day assessment consisting of a commercial case study (group exercise). Those who most closely match what Cooley is looking for will be offered interviews with a variety of the firm's lawyers.
How to applywww.cooley.com/uktrainee
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
Cooley lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies, with a significant emphasis on technology, life sciences and other high-growth industries. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law. The firm has 1,100+ lawyers across 16 offices in the US, Asia and Europe. Cooley took home The Lawyer’s International Firm of the Year award in 2018 and has won in various categories at the Transatlantic Legal Awards in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, Cooley has been named a Fortune Best Company to Work For seven years in a row.
Cooley goes to great lengths to maintain a culture of teamwork, collaboration, respect and
excellence. The firm strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive environment and to create opportunities for professional growth. Cooley considers its commitment to the communities in which it operates to be one of its highest priorities and each year performs thousands of hours of pro bono legal services and other forms of community service.
Who should apply
If you want to consider joining Cooley you will need to be stimulated by solving business and legal challenges. Academic excellence; requirements are a minimum 2.1 at degree level for any discipline and ABB at 'A' Level (128 UCAS points or equivalent not to include points from AS levels or general studies), great analytical skills and a rigorous approach are essential. You should be able to demonstrate plenty of energy, drive and determination. Your understanding of business and commercial considerations, should be of a good standard. You will also be adaptable and capable of thinking on your feet. You should have developed great communication and interpersonal skills from a variety of situations. Understanding teamwork, evidence of leadership and seeking responsibilities are vital. Interesting achievements and making the most of non-academic and work experience (not necessarily all legal) opportunities will help applicants stand out.
Applications welcome from both law and non-law disciplines.
Details of work placements
The firm offers a structured two-week placement for up to ten students in June/July of each year. We limit the number of places in order to give students a really 'hands-on' experience, normally in two differing areas. This enables you to get involved in a variety of work, with a variety of people, giving you the opportunity to really get to know the firm, its collaborative culture and the work it does. Applications should be made online from around mid October 2020. We do not review applications on a rolling basis but shortlisting may begin ahead of the final deadline of 31 January 2021.
UK Diversity Fellowship 2021
As part of Cooley’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding university students intending to study for qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.
The Cooley UK Diversity Fellowship is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights about a career in law with Cooley, with the opportunity to participate in Cooley’s Summer Programme a year sooner than students are typically eligible to participate.
Applications should be made online from 4 March 2021 until 14 April 2021.
Meet Cooley events
Our annual 'Meet Cooley' event will take place virtually on 9 December 2020 enabling students to learn more about the firm and meet Cooley lawyers and trainees. The event is aimed at those who are planning on applying for a 2021 summer programme place. We will also be hosting a smaller 'Meet and Greet' event in spring 2021. Priority for these events will be given to those who haven't applied to the summer programme in 2021 but are thinking of doing so for 2022 or beyond.
Period of recognised training programme
Cooley is wholly committed to recruiting and providing excellent training to trainees in London. The hallmarks of the training experience we can offer will revolve around small groups of trainees (currently four places available annually) and really hands-on involvement. We truly believe in learning by doing. You will get real responsibility on some of the highest quality work for the highest quality clients. The smaller teams you will work in will lead to high levels of partner contact but also the sense that you can make a substantial contribution with both your thoughts and actions. There will be plenty of opportunities for client contact. All of this comes in an environment where people enjoy working together as a team and are supportive and respectful of each other.
Trainees will rotate every six months through some of the firm's contentious and non-contentious specialisms in corporate, regulatory and litigation areas. There may also be opportunities to complete a client secondment which really adds to your development as a truly commercial lawyer.
Supplementing your hands-on learning will be our tailored 'Cooley Uni' trainee development programme. The programme offers regular sessions designed to increase your technical and practice-based knowledge for the work we do. It also gives opportunities to develop your professional skills alongside finance, marketing and commercial skills and understanding.
Period of Recognised Training
GDL/LPC fees funding plus living allowance of £8,000 in London and £7,500 outside London per annum.
UK Diversity Fellowship
UK Diversity Fellowship award recipients will receive a paid Summer Programme position and a bursary of up to £12,000 to assist with university/law school tuition. The bursary will be paid in three instalments: £4,000 upon completion of the first UK Summer Programme with the firm; £4,000 upon completion of the second UK Summer Programme with the firm; and the remaining £4,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time trainee solicitor.
- Corporate M&A/PE/VC
- Capital markets
- Technology transactions
- Life sciences
- business litigation
- Product compliance & product liability
- Insurance litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
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