Sponsored by BPP

The Oracle

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

Is a gap year a good idea?

I really want to spend some time travelling before I commit to a training contract. Is it a good idea or will the delay harm my chances?

No vacation scheme: alternative work experience

I didn’t manage to secure a vacation scheme this summer. What kinds of alternative work experiences can I pursue to boost my CV and future applications?

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?

Can I switch from solicitor to barrister?

I want to be a barrister, but now I think it would be easier and more financially sensible to apply to train at a City firm, compared to competing for a pupillage. Could I train as a solicitor and then transfer to the Bar?

View current newsletter
Sign up to MyLC.N Weekly