UK Trainees

Becoming a Trainee

To be considered for one of Cooley's four training places per year, you must participate in our London summer programme, which is designed to give you insight into the work we do, as well as provide you with opportunities to experience the unique culture of our firm. The two-week summer programme, which accepts eight people per year, is spent doing real-life work, attending development sessions and connecting with a range of Cooley people both through work and play.

To submit an application, please click on the "Apply to be a UK trainee" link below.

FAQs

Chambers UK True Picture

Training with Cooley in London will be about a breadth of experience and opportunity; being challenged to achieve more than you may have thought possible and enhanced by being surrounded by a collaborative and brilliant team.
—  Justin Stock, London managing partner

The Upside

Being part of a smaller trainee cohort often leads to a higher degree of hands-on involvement.

Cooley’s two-year training programme is divided into four seats of six months each. It will likely include two litigation seats in business litigation, where your work could span general commercial, insurance, IP, employment and product liability. Other seats will be in general corporate, where your work may be a mix of M&A, private equity and venture capital, public companies, capital markets, technology transactions, life sciences, competition and tax.

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Diversity at Cooley

We are involved in a number of firmwide and office specific diversity programmes which focus on the supporting the talent pipeline and development of existing talent, together with recruitment and working practices. One of the ways we do this is by reviewing trainee application forms on a name-blind basis. We also conduct behavioural interviewer and unconscious bias training for all our lawyers, directors and managers. To help us find the best talent from a range of backgrounds, we implement the Rare Contextual Recruitment System as part of our application system.

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Meet Cooley

The deadline to apply for our ‘Meet Cooley’ event (taking place on 13 December 2017) will be at midnight on Sunday 3 December 2017. This event is aimed at those who are planning on applying for a 2018 summer programme for which the deadline is 31 January 2018. 

We will also be hosting smaller ‘Meet and Greet’ events in early 2018. Priority for these events will be given to those who have not applied for the 2018 summer programme and who may be at an earlier part in their degree pathway.

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Being surrounded by exceptional and driven lawyers who take an active interest in your development really encourages you to up your game!
—  Ben Sharrock, first-year trainee