Diversity at Cooley

Diversity — in terms of race and ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ orientation and physical disability — is a core value and priority at Cooley. We are dedicated to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences – from the way we relate to and support each other, to the way we work together as one firm to meet the needs of our clients. It is the unique abilities and perspectives of every individual at Cooley that creates a rewarding workplace.

For Cooley, true workplace diversity goes beyond hiring people of different backgrounds. It offers all employees the tools, training and mentoring they need to succeed. It embraces the importance of diversity on our client teams. It enables every individual to balance work and family obligations. It looks beyond the firm's four walls, fostering community involvement and participation in local and national diversity initiatives. It includes becoming leaders and contributors in our communities.

Accomplishments & Accolades

Cooley is proud of the positive environment we offer our attorneys and staff and the impact that we have in our communities.

Cooley offers diversity fellowships to outstanding first-year law students as part of our ongoing commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse and talented team at all levels throughout the firm. The annual fellowship provides a substantial monetary award to assist with law school tuition and a summer associate position.

Accolades include:

  • Consistently ranked in The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard
  • Recognized by Multicultural Law Magazine in its "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity," "Top 100 Law Firms for Women," "Top 50 Law Firms for Partners" and "Top 25 Law Firms for Asian-Americans" listings
  • Ranked #26 on the list of the "100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys," one of the "50 Best Law Firms for Women" and one of the "Top 25 Law Firms for Asian American Attorneys" by Law360
  • Included on the list of the Best Companies to Work For by Fortune Magazine
  • Named to Working Mother Magazine and Flex Time Lawyers list of "50 Best Law Firms for Women"
  • Third consecutive year of being awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Ranked #8 in 2015 by Vault for Best Law Firm Culture
  • Cooley attorneys frequently serve in leadership roles and are active in organizations that focus on the advancement of minorities including the Asian Law Alliance, Lambda Legal, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Association of Women Lawyers, National Hispanic Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association.

Cooley Named a Best Law Firm for Women

Cooley has been named to the "50 Best Law Firms for Women" list by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, recognizing law firms with family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain and advance women into the leadership pipeline. Read more.

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