News Business Leadership Careers NQ retention rates for spring 2010 hold up well By The Lawyer 17 January 2010 00:00 17 December 2015 09:38 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 18 January 2010 at 14:40 “83 per cent of trainees who applied for positions upon qualification” Could we please put all firms on level ground and calculate retention rates based on total number of trainees as opposed to those who “apply” for positions upon qualification? Reply Link Laura 18 January 2010 at 16:20 I went to India on the A4ID Newly Qualified Lawyers’ Programme, in between qualification and starting as an NQ. I worked with a Human Rights NGO and was mainly involved in a project aiming to prevent police brutality. The NQLP was an amazing experience, which gave me the chance to experience an entirely different culture as well as improving my legal skills and making a genuine contribution. I would definitely recommend the NQLP to any NQ, whether during qualification leave or as a project to undertake whilst looking for an NQ job. Fantastic experience and great for developing your legal skills. Reply Link Laura M 18 January 2010 at 16:37 NQLP is primarily aimed at employed lawyers as it is part of a skills development package. However, A4ID also run a placement scheme suitable for unemployed lawyers. A4ID advertises placements available with their development partners in both the UK and developing countries. I took part in this scheme after qualifying in September 2009. I worked in Bangalore with The Concerned for Working Children, researching and drafting a report on child participation. More placement opportunities are listed on the A4ID website here http://www.a4id.org/placement-opportunities/default.aspx Reply Link Iben 20 January 2010 at 10:44 I went to Tanzania for 8 weeks on A4ID’s Newly Qualified Lawyers’ Programme (NQLP), and worked for a local Tanzanian NGO which focuses on combating child marriages. It was an absolutely fantastic experience, which challenged me and allowed me to develop a whole new set of skills. The highlight (workwise) was seeing an article I had written, raising awareness of the issue of child marriage and analysing the impact of imminent changes in domestic Tanzanian child protection legislation, published in a national newspaper. On a personal level, the opportunity to live and work in a completely different culture was just as valuable. I would highly recommend the NQLP to any NQ’s interested in getting involved with pro bono legal/ international development work on the ground in a foreign country. Reply Link Alexa 20 January 2010 at 13:42 Great to finally see overseas volunteering opportunities specifically tailored to lawyers. Monday’s A4ID event was inspiring and look forward to getting involved. Reply Link Patrick A 26 January 2010 at 15:23 I also went to Bangalore in India on the NQLP during my qualification leave. My time was spent working at a human rights NGO where I wrote a report reviewing the performance of a human rights commission. The experience was a really positive one which certainly left me feeling more prepared to start life as a qualified lawyer! Reply Link Anonymous 28 January 2010 at 17:41 “Could we please put all firms on level ground and calculate retention rates based on total number of trainees as opposed to those who “apply” for positions upon qualification?” To the first poster: that information can be found at the following links. For the 2009 calendar year: http://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/pdf/Trainee%20Retention%20Analysis%202009.pdf For the years 2000 – 2009: http://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/pdf/Trainee%20Retention%20Table%202010.pdf Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.