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Cooley (UK) LLP

  • 4 vacancies
  • 8 trainees
  • 30 partners
  • 207 staff

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More info

Please note that Cooley (UK) application system will be opening mid October 2019 for applications to the 2020 Cooley London summer programme. This is the route into gaining a training place at Cooley for 2022. The closing date for the summer programme will be 31 January 2020 but you are advised to apply in advance of this deadline as shortlisting may commence ahead of this date.


Applications to

Ms Sarah Warnes

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing

Cooley made its successful London launch in January 2015. Globally, the firm has over 1000 lawyers across 15 offices in the United States, China and Europe. Cooley is a leading technology and life sciences firm. It is also known for its work in complex, high-stakes international disputes and in cross border mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transactions. Cooley lawyers often work in areas where innovation meets the law. Cooley partners with entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies to work on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, helping clients navigate an increasingly complex global landscape.

Cooley is focused on building a thriving and successful London practice, working on the best international work with the talents of those at the firm and those yet to join. Cooley will continue to look for opportunities for growth in its primary practice areas.

We are looking forward to the exciting possibilities ahead, why not come and look forward with us?


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 320 UCAS points or equivalent, not to include points from AS levels or general studies (128 points under the new 2017 UCAS tariff), 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, in addition to client relationships 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.

The summer programme is the only route into getting a training place at Cooley (UK). Therefore if you think you might like to train at the firm you should apply for the programme.

GDL/LPC fees funding plus living allowance of £8,000 in London and £7,500 outside London per annum.

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 culture and the work it does. Applications should be made online from around mid October 2019. We do not review applications on a rolling basis but shortlisting may begin ahead of the final deadline of 31 January 2020. 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 in the afternoon of this day. 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.


Meet Cooley events

Our annual 'Meet Cooley' event will take place on 12 December 2019 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 2020 summer programme place. We will also be hosting smaller 'Meet and Greet' events in early 2020. Priority for these events will be given to those who haven't applied to the summer programme in 2020 but are thinking of doing so for 2021 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 and development will be our tailored trainee training 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 finance, marketing and commercial skills and understanding.

  • Corporate M&A
  • Corporate PE/VC
  • Corporate capital markets
  • Corporate tax
  • Technology transactions
  • IP
  • Life sciences
  • Competition
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance litigation
  • Employment
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Dashwood, 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1QS
Phone: 020 7583 4055
Email: uktrainee@cooley.com
Web: www.cooley.com/uktrainee
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 8
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, at least 320 UCAS points or equivalent
Start salary: £50,000
Turnover: £21,287,495 (2015)
Starting salary: £50,000
Training contract applications: 572 (2015)
Retention rate: 100% (2018)
Partner diversity:
  • 78.0% male (2019)
  • 22.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 53.0% male (2019)
  • 47.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
  • London
  • Boston
  • Colorado
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Reston
  • Palo Alto
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington DC
  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Brussels
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Fair Trials International
  • LawWorks
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • Own It
  • Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Whitechapel Mission
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Brokerage Citylink
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Sutton Trust