I had similar ideas but unfortunately discovered that while my intentions were good, I'm just not comfortable with clinical practice. I have no problem with technical skills and I understand the pathophys but I'm just not comfortable with quick thinking on my feet and taking immediate action. I do better when I can really sink my teeth into something, get a good grasp on it and have time to later recheck myself. In much nursing practice, at least entry-level nursing practice, you're learning as you go and you just have to deal with things as the arise - there's not time to research this or that condition or procedure when you're dealing with it right now but there's no way to have it all down ahead of time, either, though.
just covers the basics and it crams a lot of info at you. I noted in another post that when I studied bio, I studied until I understood, but in nursing I studied until I thought I'd covered enough material. I'm not saying I didn't understand the content. It's just that much of the reams of material is descriptive in nature and already quite condensed. Nursing school prepares you more to pass the licensing exam than to practice nursing in a realistic setting. So the first year or so in nursing, many new nurses feel incompetent despite the great responsibilities they have. If you read the threads here, you'll see that it can be difficult to find a supportive environment to work in. They do exist, but the first year or so can feel rather like "sink or swim."
I'm not trying to discourage you. I just want to give some insight into what nursing school does and doesn't provide. It's very different than most other training programs out there as far as I know. If you do decide to pursue this option, I'd love to hear your impressions as someone with a background in law.