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.

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Can I switch from chartered legal executive to solicitor?

I passed the LPC two years ago and have been working as a paralegal. With no training contract in sight, can I become a chartered legal executive and go on to qualify as a solicitor that way?

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, and is the application process for a training contract or vacation scheme harder or different in any way for non-law students?

How many training contract applications is too many?

Last year I sent off over 40 training contract applications, but didn’t get a single interview. What am I doing wrong?

Should I submit my training contract applications early?

I know that the main deadline for training contract applications is 31 July, but with around six weeks to go, I’ve still got loads of time left to fill out my forms, right?

City firms: what are the different types?

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?