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

Training contract applications: your love letter to a law firm

How do I make my training contract application stand out from the thousands of others that my preferred firms will receive?

Submitting training contract and vacation scheme applications early

Do certain law firms give vacation schemes and training contracts out on a 'first come, first served' basis? If so, how do I find out which those firms are?

Alternatives to practising in a law firm

I'm about to qualify with a small private client firm, but I am not keen to stay on. I would like to explore careers in law outside the mainstream law firm route. What are some of my options?

How many training contract applications should I make?

Last year I sent off over 50 training contract applications, but wasn't invited for a single interview. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things this year?

Application advice for a non-law student

I'm in my final year of a non-law degree and have yet to take the GDL - will recruiters take into consideration that someone like me will not have a textbook understanding of the law, or is the application process harder or different in any way for non-law students?