Law: Have Law Degree, Will Travel

Fed up with thankless conditions, many lawyers are taking a hike

After three grueling years of law school, Darren Walker stepped into a plum job: a position as an associate with the prestigious Wall Street firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. But what started out as a young lawyer's dream soon turned into a bleary round of long days and stressful nights. "I knew the end was near for me when I woke up on the floor of someone's office one morning and didn't know where I was," says Walker, 30. Having clean underwear and shirts delivered to the office by messenger too many times finally convinced him that he should make...

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