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
I'm thinking of doing a master’s degree after my undergraduate studies. It would be a pretty expensive undertaking though; what factors should I take into account in helping me make the decision and would it boost my chances of securing a training contract?
I want to pursue a career at a large City firm, but the various terms that such firms use to describe themselves – ‘international’, ‘global’, ‘magic circle’ and others – have got me confused. Do these various terms essentially mean the same thing?
Everyone tells me that I should be attending law fairs if I want to meet firms and recruiters, but what's the best way to find out when they are?
I’m confused about the difference between national and City firms – both types often seem to have London offices and work for high-quality clients. For a prospective trainee solicitor, what really distinguishes a national firm from other types of law firm?
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?
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?