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Consult the Oracle and you will find enlightenment... At LawCareers.Net we often receive queries about the processes and options related to joining the legal profession. Some questions arise again and again, while others are fiendishly obscure. Each week we'll publish one of the more interesting inquiries (anonymously) and provide an informative answer. But don’t worry – most letters are answered privately. Email us at oracle@lawcareers.net and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLC.N.

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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. 

Applying for summer vacation schemes

I'm busy completing applications for summer vacation schemes. Can I include informal placements that I've got lined up for February?

How to best get ahead over the holidays

I am a second-year law student and wonder what I can be doing over my Christmas break to help me get ahead?

Alternatives to practising in a law firm

I'm about to qualify with a small private client firm, but I am not keen to stay on. I would like to explore careers in law outside the mainstream law firm route. What are some of my options?

Legal apprenticeship or law degree?

I’m considering starting a legal apprenticeship, but am unclear if the end result would be different to taking the university route and qualifying as a solicitor. What are the main differences between the two?

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