Associates committee

The associates committee provides a forum that allows associates and local and firmwide leadership to maintain an open and ongoing dialogue.

Local committee members work with the partner in charge of their respective offices on various associate-focused initiatives.

Judicial clerkships

Your experience as a judicial clerk holds tremendous weight at Cooley. We offer competitive bonuses and class-year advancement to those who have completed qualifying federal appellate, district court or state supreme court clerkships. US Supreme Court clerks receive an additional competitive bonus. 

A flexible path to partnership

Cooley's partnership nominating process is designed to identify and assess candidates whose track record of personal productivity, practice development, substantive expertise, cultural assimilation and leadership are overwhelming indicative of near- and long-term success as a Cooley partner.

While our partnership track is flexible, we find that it typically takes a minimum of nine years from law school graduation to demonstrate these qualities. Lawyers who join the firm laterally and have the requisite years in practice are typically not considered for admission to the partnership before practicing at Cooley for three years.