UK Trainees

Become a Trainee 

To be considered for one of Cooley’s four training places per year, you first must participate in our London summer programme. The programme will give you insight into the breadth of work we do – and the exciting range of clients we are proud to serve and partner with on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation. It also will provide you with many opportunities to experience the distinctive, welcoming and collaborative spirit of our firm.

During the two-week summer programme, which accepts approximately 10 people per year, you will contribute to meaningful work, engage in professional development sessions, and connect with Cooley colleagues through work assignments and socially. A summer programme mentor, a trainee buddy and the legal talent team will help you make the most of the opportunities available to you, as well as support your integration throughout the programme.

Our summer programme has earned recognition two years in a row from The Legal 500’s Future Lawyers trainee solicitor survey for the quality of experience it offers.

To submit an application, please click on the ‘Apply now’ button below. You will be directed to review the privacy notice for London candidates as part of the application registration process.

The application window for the summer programme opens on 5 October 2023 and closes on 7 January 2024.

Apply for May 2024 Insight Day now (until 31/03/24) and 2024 UK Diversity Fellowship (from 01/02/24 – 17/03/24)

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The Upside

Being part of a smaller trainee cohort often leads to a higher degree of hands-on involvement and exposure. We encourage you to apply to Cooley if you are a self-starter looking for responsibility and a training environment where you will learn by doing – and be expected to contribute your opinions to the matters you work on.

Cooley’s two-year training programme is divided into four seats lasting six months each. It will likely include at least one litigation department seat, where your work could span general commercial disputes, white collar crime, intellectual property and trademark, employment, and product compliance. Other seats include corporate commercial/transactional areas, where your work may be a mix of M&A, private equity and venture capital, public companies, capital markets, technology transactions, cyber/data/privacy, compensation and benefits, life sciences, and competition. All seats provide experience representing the most innovative companies and business and technology leaders of the future across a wide array of dynamic industries.