UK Trainee

Cooley may be a new name on the London City trainee recruitment landscape, but don't let that deter you from finding out more about us and the tremendous opportunities you would encounter by beginning your career with Cooley.

Our Story

Cooley opened its London office in January 2015 and it was a momentous achievement for the firm. Cooley's London office has worked hard to build on the exceptional success of the firm in the US. In just nine months our new London office has grown to more than 100 people and worked on significant domestic and international litigation and business matters. Cooley is excited to be in London and excited for what the future holds.

Cooley has 850 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and the UK. The firm, founded in 1920 in San Francisco, is known for handling transformative deals, groundbreaking IP matters and business-critical litigation across a wide array of dynamic industries. At the same time, Cooley lawyers counsel startups and entrepreneurs poised to become the business and technology leaders of the future.

Cooley's London office provides corporate legal advice to established and high-growth companies and investors in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities transactions and private equity and venture capital investments. Our London-based litigators have one of the most sought after complex commercial litigation teams in the UK, handling domestic and cross-border litigation, international arbitration, insurance/re-insurance and regulatory matters. 

Training at Cooley

We are believers in learning by doing and Cooley trainees and associates value the level of responsibility they have on matters assigned to them. Cooley offers the opportunity to work on some of the highest quality matters for some of the most interesting, dynamic and forward-thinking companies in the world.

Being part of a smaller trainee cohort often leads to a higher degree of hands-on involvement. Cooley helps build careers through formal and informal mentoring programs that emphasise superlative legal skills, real world problem-solving and the development of internal and external business relationships. All of this comes in an environment where people enjoy working together as a team and are supportive and respectful of each other. Cooley trainees have an extensive support network that includes an assigned supervisor, a trainee buddy in the year above, a partner mentor, the legal talent team and the trainee principal, all of whom are there to help and encourage progress and growth.

The two-year training programme is divided into four seats of six months each with trainees being supervised by and learning from both partners and more senior associates. Trainees rotate through some of the firm's contentious and non-contentious specialisms in business, regulatory and litigation. 

Supplementing your hands-on learning and development will be the Professional Skills Course and our tailored trainee training programme. The programme offers regular sessions designed to increase your technical skills and knowledge for the work Cooley does. It will also provide opportunities to develop your finance, business development and commercial understanding.

We are looking forward to the exciting possibilities ahead. Join us.


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