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Cooley LLP - Boston, Massachusetts

Hours & Work Arrangements

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Is there a minimum billable hour expectation? Yes
If yes, what is the minimum? 1,950
Is billable hour credit given for pro bono work? Yes
Is there a maximum that will be credited? No
If yes, what is the maximum?
For bonus consideration, is a pro bono hour equivalent to a required hour? Yes
Hours policy details In order to be eligible for a discretionary bonus, one must bill a minimum of 1950 hours annually

Recent hours history

Average annual associate hours worked in 2017
Average annual associate hours worked in 2018
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2017
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2018

Part-time options

Is part-time allowed? Yes
Is part-time available to entry-level? Case-by-case
Is there a minimum percentage of full-time hours that a part-time attorney must work? Yes
Are attorneys who work part-time and exceed their agreed upon part-time hours compensated in some manner for the additional hours? Yes
Are attorneys who work part-time given bonus consideration? Yes

Number of part-time lawyers

Number of male part-time associates 3
Number of female part-time associates 44
Number of male part-time partners/members 3
Number of female part-time partners/members 0
Number of male part-time other lawyers 43
Number of female part-time other lawyers 45

Part-time policies

Do you have a written part-time policy for associates? Yes
Do you have a written part-time policy for partners? No
Eligibility for alternative work schedules determined by Department Chair and Administrative & Legal Practice Partner.

Part-time advancement

What is the impact of working part-time as an associate, if any, on an associate's progression toward partner? Cooley consistently supports reduced schedules for attorneys. Requests for reduced schedules are considered on an individual basis. The impact, if any, on partnership progression depends upon the extent to which the part-time schedule has affected the associate's professional development as assessed against other members of the same deemed year class.
Can an associate be promoted to partner while s/he is working on a part-time schedule? Yes
In the past five years, have attorneys made partner who have worked or are currently working alternative schedules with your organization? Yes
Can a partner work on a part-time schedule? Yes

Other alternative work options

Please describe any other alternative work arrangements: Cooley understands the importance of maintaining a culture which accommodates a need for attorneys to "ramp up" and "ramp down" based on their professional and personal commitments. This kind of flexibility allows our attorneys to construct a part-time schedule that helps them balance their personal lives with their professional development. In addition to providing part-time work schedules to our attorneys, we provide the opportunity for our attorneys to work flex-time and remotely as needed.

Some of our attorneys choose to work a variable hour schedule as a separate career track from the traditional associate route.

Additionally, in 2014, we piloted the OnRamp Fellowship program, a re-entry platform that matches experienced women returning to the workforce after a hiatis with law firm and in-house legal departments. We continue to hire OnRamp Fellows on a rolling basis.
Does your organization have a written alternative work option policy (e.g., part-time, flex-time)? Yes
Does your organization have an alternative track adviser? No
Are attorneys who work alternative schedules given bonus consideration? Yes

Non-traditional Track Attorney Info

Does your organization have attorneys on a non-traditional track? Yes
Non-traditional track attorneys - comments
Is there a separate point of contact at your organization for this type of position? No
If yes, please provide contact information
What title(s) does your organization use for non-traditional track attorneys? (check all that apply) Staff attorney|Other
Do you hire entry-level attorneys for non-traditional track positions? Case-by-case
In which practice areas do you hire non-traditional track attorneys? Case-by-case
What is the minimum billable hour requirement for non-traditional track attorneys? Case-by-case
Please include any additional information about non-traditional track positions (including mentoring, evaluations, billable hours, training, benefits, opportunities for pro bono work, etc.)