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 and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.

Letter of the week

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Next steps after unsuccessful training contract applications

I've just started my Legal Practice Course (LPC). This summer I applied to 20 firms for training contracts and had three interviews, but didn't score - what do I do now?

Time limits on the validity of the law degree, GDL LPC and BPTC

I’m confused by the complicated guidance on how long legal qualifications are valid for. Once I graduate from my law degree, how long do I have to qualify as a solicitor before it expires?

Starting a training contract: how to make a good impression

I start my training contract in September and was wondering how best to make a positive impression and to stand out from the crowd. Also, what should I aim to achieve in each seat?

Interviews: what to wear

I've got a couple of training contract interviews coming up. Obviously, I need to wear formal/business attire, but what exactly does this mean - especially for women? 

Training contract interview and scenario-based question help

What should I do if I don't know the answer to a scenario-based question at a training contract interview?