Law firm offers a year off for $80k, no strings attached

As an investment banker years ago in New York, I knew a good number of associates at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (known simply as "Skadden" in the industry). The law firm's banking practice is huge and notorious for working its attorneys to the bone, for extremely good wages, of course. I knew them, but it's not like we ever had time to hang out, what with the grueling work schedules we both kept. A "hello" on conference calls was about the extent of it.