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.

Should I take the LPC if I don’t have a training contract?

I have not yet been able to land a training contract and still need to take the LPC, but with course fees so expensive and no guaranteed job upon finishing, is it too much of a risk to take the LPC without having secured a training contract first?

Client secondment or internal seat during my training contract?

Client secondments seem to be an ever more popular part of training contracts at many commercial firms. What are the benefits of going on a client secondment over staying within the firm for the entire training contract?

How accessible is the legal profession for lawyers with disabilities?

Should I disclose my disability when I apply for a vacation scheme? Are careers in the legal profession accessible for candidates with disabilities?

Becoming a solicitor with a science background

I graduated last summer with a master's in physics and am now planning on going into law. During my research it seemed that scientist-turned-solicitors are few and far between (apart from in certain niche areas such as patent law). Does my background put me at a disadvantage or could my uniqueness be a benefit?

The law firm as a business

I know that an essential aspect of being commercially aware is understanding how law firms operate as businesses. I appreciate that commercial firms play an important role in business and have to make money themselves, but is there more to it than that?