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

Previous letters

Applying for spring and summer vacation schemes

I'm busy completing applications spring vacation schemes as well as the summer schemes that some firms are advertising early. Can I list placements at other firms that I've got lined up in my applications?

How law students can get ahead over the holidays

I am a second-year law student and am wondering what advice you can give me on how to get ahead in my search for legal work experience and a training contract during the holidays?

I have a drink driving conviction – can I still become a solicitor?

I am a second-year law student currently serving a two-year driving disqualification for drunk-driving. Could this conviction prevent me from becoming a corporate lawyer?

Time limits on the validity of the law degree, GDL LPC and BPTC

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?

Training contract application advice for non-law students

I'm just finishing 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 for a training contract or vacation scheme harder or different in any way for non-law students?