Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP - Salary & Benefits

4 Star Rating     6 reviews 
Main Office:

5 Palo Alto Sq | Palo Alto | CA | 94306

Phone: 650-843-5000 |

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Salary & Benefits

The firm offers a competitive salary that is based on a set, lock-step scale. 1st year associates at Cooley's receive a top notch benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year. In 2012, the summer associate salary for 1Ls and 2Ls was US$3,077 per week.

Among other compensation the firm offers bar stipend, bar review course and bar exam reimbursement, clerkship bonus for certain judicial clerkships, discretionary bonuses and moving and relocation allowances.

The firm also gives bonuses to all eligible associates. Bonus is determined on the basis of hours billed, quality of work and the firm's revenues.

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Min Base
Avg Base
Max Base
Min Bonus
Avg Bonus
Max Bonus
Associate Palo Alto 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate Washington 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate Broomfield 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate Boston 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate Seattle 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         
Associate Santa Monica 1st Year Yearly   $190,000.00         


  • The firm compliments its competitive salary with a wide a range of employee benefits and support programs that include:
  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Profit Sharing
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

Medical, dental, vision; life and AD&D insurance; domestic partner coverage; flexible spending accounts; family care referral program; emergency and priority child care; paid maternity, paternity and adoptive leave; employee assistance program; short and long term disability; Firm subsidized health club membership; 401(k); 4 weeks vacation; membership in ABA, state and local bar associations.

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