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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.

Letter of the week

Previous letters

Not posh enough?

I have just read that some top firms still see 'poshness' as important when recruiting. I didn’t go to a selective school and have a Midlands accent, but have good A levels and my ambition is to be a City lawyer - what does this mean for my chances?

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?

Training contract applications: your love letter to a law firm

How do I make my training contract application stand out from the thousands of others that my preferred firms will receive?

Submitting training contract and vacation scheme applications early

Do certain law firms give vacation schemes and training contracts out on a 'first come, first served' basis? If so, how do I find out which those firms are?

A practice area poser

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 (PI) 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?

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