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 oracle@lawcareers.net and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.

Will where I study the LPC influence which firms I can apply to for a training contract?

I am thinking about where to study my Legal Practice Course. More and more firms have tie-ins with law schools, only sending their future trainees to that institution. Does this mean that the provider I pick will affect where I can apply for a training contract?

Do hiring processes among law firms still favour elites?

I have read that some top firms still see 'poshness' as important when recruiting. I didn’t go to a selective school or Russell Group university, but have good A levels and my ambition is to be a City lawyer - what does this mean for my chances?

What do the differences between national and City firms mean for my career?

I’m confused about the difference between national and City firms – both types often seem to have London offices and work for high-quality clients. For a prospective trainee solicitor, what really distinguishes a national firm from other types of law firm? 

What to do after unsuccessful training contract applications?

I’m about to start my Legal Practice Course (LPC). This summer I applied to 20 firms for training contracts and had two interviews, but wasn’t offered a training contract - what do I do now?

I don’t want to work in a law firm – what are the alternatives?

I'm about to qualify with a small private client firm, but I am not keen to stay on. I would like to explore careers in law outside the mainstream law firm route. What are some of my options?