NQ retention rates for spring 2010 hold up well

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  • "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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Great to finally see overseas volunteering opportunities specifically tailored to lawyers. Monday's A4ID event was inspiring and look forward to getting involved.

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  • 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!

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  • "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

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