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Lawyers have higher rates of stress and depression than the general public. A 2007 survey found only four out of 10 lawyers would recommend the career.

"I was one of the lucky ones," says Steven J. Harper, 57, adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law and author of the upcoming book, The Lawyer Bubble. "I enjoyed a happy and satisfying career in what has become an increasingly unhappy profession."

Lawyers bill by the hour, which promotes long days, says Harper, who also blogs. Young professionals don't have much autonomy—if they can even get a job, he adds.

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