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.

Apprenticeship or university?

I’m considering starting a legal apprenticeship, but are the career prospects the same as the full-time university route? What are the main differences between an apprenticeship and going to university?

Could working as a paralegal help me become a solicitor?

I know that competition for training contracts is very high, but I have also noticed that there seem to be increasing opportunities for paralegals: would becoming a paralegal be a more certain way of pursuing a career as a solicitor?

How should I ask for application feedback?

How should I ask for feedback after an interview?

Will doing a master’s improve my chances of a training contract?

I'm thinking of doing a master’s degree after I graduate. What factors should I take into account when making the decision and would it improve my chances of securing a training contract?

I’m a mature candidate hoping to become a solicitor

I've heard that recruitment at the big firms is geared towards younger candidates and that smaller firms won't be able to afford to take me either – is there any hope that I can achieve my ambition?