While law firm profitability and hiring are stronger than they were several years ago, law students getting ready to enter private practice and law clerks nearing the end of their clerkships may feel the path ahead is more daunting, uncertain and, frankly, more unpleasant than it was in the past.

They are no doubt aware of the stress of the profession and its impacts. According to a new nationwide study from the American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, more than 20 percent of licensed and employed lawyers in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers; a full 28 percent suffer depression.

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