The Oracle aims to solve all those problems that relate to recruitment and training, with examples ranging from how to fund your studies through to whether having visible tattoos will harm your career prospects. Every email received is answered privately, but each week we'll publish (anonymously) one of the more interesting questions. Email us at oracle@lawcareers.net and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.

Letter of the week

Previous letters

Cut out for a life of crime?

I am interested in a career in criminal law, but not sure how I would feel defending a client who I knew was guilty of a serious crime such as murder. Should I consider a different area of law?

Becoming a solicitor via CILEx: where does the LPC fit in?

I obtained my LPC a few years ago and have been working as a paralegal ever since. With no training contract in sight, can I become a chartered legal executive and go on to qualify as a solicitor that way?

First-year exams

I've enjoyed my first year at university - so much so that I've just realised my law exams are looming and I've done too much pubbing and procrastinating and nowhere near enough revision. Are first-year exams that important? 

Which practice area for long-term stability as a newly qualified solicitor?

I am a trainee due to qualify this summer, but haven’t been told whether I will be kept on. I have enjoyed seats in employment, personal injury and private client, but which of these areas has the best long-term prospects if I need to apply for NQ positions at other firms?

Tattoos: still a taboo for employers?

I’m set to graduate with a 2.1 in history before taking the GDL, but I'm just wondering what the view is on tattoos during the recruitment stage for both solicitors and barristers. I plan on getting a tattoo that is visible while wearing a short-sleeve shirt – would this affect my applications?