Cooley LLP
Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP - Hiring Criteria

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3175 Hanover Street | Palo Alto | CA | 94304

Phone: 650-843-5000 | Fax: 650-849-7400

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Cooley LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Hiring Criteria

Apart from general hiring criteria Cooley prefers candidates with strong law school and undergraduate record and high academic achievement, excellent writing and research skills, involvement in extracurricular activities, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, highly motivated, work experience & evidence of team work.

Interviews at Cooley aren't just about grades and academics - recruiters want to see that candidates are driven, energetic, bright and focused. The firm conducts on-campus interviews at many schools.

Interested candidates should apply online with a completed application form, current resume, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript, other graduate program transcript. Candidates may also submit a writing sample.

The firm values initiative, teamwork, maturity and judgment.

Pro bono

Pro bono work is an imperative at Cooley's. It is part of their culture and an essential constituent of the firm's vision and values. All pro bono matters are given the same staffing, attention and resources as billable work. The firm ascribes the same weight and credit as billable matters when evaluating each attorney's contributions to the Firm.

The firm believes that it is their duty to give liberally of their time and talents and resources to the communities in which they practice and provide legal services to those who need them but cannot afford them.

The firm's depth of expertise and talent enables then to take on a variety of matters and Cooley lawyers regularly handle asylum, guardianship and domestic violence cases, and actively represent a broad array of foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Cooley regularly takes on asylum matters, representing individuals who have been the subject of persecution in their home countries. Cooley teamed with the American Civil Liberties Union in a class action lawsuit on behalf of immigration detainees at San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF), charging that chronically severe overcrowding placed detainee' health and safety at risk and was unconstitutional.

Serving as pro bono co-counsel with the Legal Aid Society, Cooley litigators in New York won summary judgment in a suit challenging New York State's routine shackling of the children it transports between detention facilities and courts. Cooley pro bono client David Lemus was acquitted in early December 2007 in a high-profile retrial of a 1992 case in which he was convicted of murder.