Training Contract

Posted on Dec 13, 2018 by Cooley (UK) LLP

Not Specified United Kingdom
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Period of recognised training programme

Cooley is wholly committed to recruiting and providing excellent training to trainees in London. The hallmarks of the training experience we can offer will revolve around small groups of trainees (currently four places available annually) and really hands-on involvement. We truly believe in learning by doing. You will get real responsibility on some of the highest quality work for the highest quality clients. The smaller teams you will work in will lead to high levels of partner contact but also the sense that you can make a substantial contribution with both your thoughts and actions. There will be plenty of opportunities for client contact. All of this comes in an environment where people enjoy working together as a team and are supportive and respectful of each other. Cooley is proud to be recognised as one of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the last five years including 2018

Trainees will rotate every six months through some of the firm's contentious and non-contentious specialisms in corporate, regulatory and litigation areas. There may also be opportunities to complete a client secondment which really adds to your development as a truly commercial lawyer.

Supplementing your hands-on learning and development will be our tailored trainee training programme. The programme offers regular sessions designed to increase your technical and practice-based knowledge for the work we do. It also gives opportunities to develop your finance, marketing and commercial skills and understanding.

Seat options

Corporate (M&A, PE/VC, capital markets, tax), technology transactions, IP, life sciences, competition, business litigation (commercial and insurance), employment and employee benefits.

If you want to consider joining Cooley you will need to be stimulated by solving business and legal challenges. Academic excellence, requirements are a minimum 2.1 at degree level for any discipline and 320 UCAS points or equivalent, not to include points from AS levels or general studies (128 points under the new 2017 UCAS tariff), great analytical skills and a rigorous approach are essential. You should be able to demonstrate plenty of energy, drive and determination. Your understanding of business and commercial considerations, in addition to client relationships should be of a good standard. You will also be adaptable and capable of thinking on your feet. You should have developed great communication and interpersonal skills from a variety of situations. Understanding teamwork, evidence of leadership and seeking responsibilities are vital. Interesting achievements and making the most of non-academic and work experience (not necessarily all legal) opportunities will help applicants stand-out.

Applications welcome from both law and non-law disciplines.

The summer programme is the only route into getting a training place at Cooley (UK). Therefore if you think you might like to train at the firm you should apply for the programme.


GDL/LPC fees funding plus living allowance of £8,000 in London and £7,500 outside London per annum.

Reference: 599154714

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