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 and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.

Letter of the week

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A question of work/life balance

Is it possible to be a solicitor and have a good work/life balance?

Apprenticeship or university?

I’m considering starting a legal apprenticeship, but am unclear if the end result would be different to taking the university route and qualifying as a solicitor. What are the main differences between the two?

Asking for application feedback

How should I ask for feedback after applications or interviews?

I didn’t get onto a vacation scheme – what are my work experience options?

I applied for places on a few summer vacation schemes, but was unfortunately unsuccessful. What kinds of alternative work experiences can I pursue to boost my CV and future applications?

Can I work at another firm in between finishing my LPC and starting my training contract?

I’m fortunate to have secured a training contract while I’m studying the LPC and I’m wondering what to do with the intervening year between finishing the course and starting my training contract. Would my firm frown on me gaining further experience as a paralegal at a different firm?