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.

Which practice area should I pursue for NQ stability?

I am a trainee due to qualify this summer, but haven’t been told whether I will be kept on. I have enjoyed seats in employment, personal injury and private client, but which of these areas has the best long-term prospects if I need to apply for NQ positions at other firms?

I want to be a human rights barrister

I’ve just started the second year of my law degree and want to become a human rights barrister. I keep hearing people say that only Oxbridge students get pupillages. Is this true?

A question of work/life balance

Is it possible to be a solicitor and have a good work/life balance?

Apprenticeship or university?

I’m considering starting a legal apprenticeship, but am unclear if the end result would be different to taking the university route and qualifying as a solicitor. What are the main differences between the two?

Asking for application feedback

How should I ask for feedback after applications or interviews?