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 oracle@lawcareers.net and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.

Letter of the week

Previous letters

Including extenuating circumstances in applications

I was diagnosed with depression during my second year at university, and my studies and grades were adversely affected during this period. Will firms penalise me for this when I apply for training contracts, or will they take into account my extenuating circumstances?

First-year exams

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? 

How to choose an LPC provider

I am thinking about where to study my Legal Practice Course. It seems that more and more firms have tie-ins with law schools, only sending their future trainees to that institution. Does this mean that the provider I pick will affect where I can apply for a training contract?

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. I plan on getting a tattoo that is visible while wearing a short-sleeve shirt – would this affect my applications?

Puzzled about pupillage

I'm about to begin applying for pupillage, but I'm confused about how the system works. Help!