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 firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.
Letter of the week
Does my background put me at a disadvantage or could my uniqueness be a benefit?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?