OK. Say you’re one of the handful of lucky third-year law students whose Big Law job offer has been modified from $165,000 per year plus parking, gym membership and a 2,200 minimum billable hour requirement to $5,000 of cold hard cash per month not to work.

True story — there are some of you out there. And everyone hates you. But I know it is not your fault that a Big Firm is so confused about how to handle this economic downturn that it will pay you to not work for a year. So I am going to offer some advice for how to handle this little quirk in your 10-year plan. What do you do now? Should you try to get another job? Should you move to Las Vegas and become a poker legend?

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