Kronsington, Im in a pretty similar situation too. Im in a general practice firm in County Dublin. While I am glad I got experience in Personal Injury, Crime, Family,Debt Collection, Licensing and Employment I have virtually no Conveyancing or Probate experience.
I have spoken to my boss and he has indicated to me that while they would like to keep me on, it would have to be on a month by month basis. I know I have no prospects in that particular firm but I would like to do some Conveyancing or Probate before I go elsewhere.
Re leaving the law :I love my job, love the people, but I am tired of panicking every time I go to the ATM.
I attended a careers workshop recently and Keith O Malley said not to leap into just any job, that you can paint yourself into a corner by going into a specialised area. Id like to stay in general practice, but I know the smaller firms are less likely to hire newly qualified solicitors!
Lots of my tutorial group in Blackhall are emigrating to the UK or the States. At least one of them is talking about leaving the law altogether to get a job that will actually pay him a decent wage. Ive been considering moving to the States to work as a paralegal to work in Intellectual Property or Medical Litigation. Ive also been thinking about working as inhouse counsel with an Insurance company.
Anyway, good to see someone else panicking, I was wondering if I was being overly pessimistic....