paco386, if you do a little more looking you might agree with me that the Entry MSN (EMSN) programs are basically [ABSN+MSN] ; regular MSN programs for those already RNs generally only take 1.5-2 years. So during that first year you end up taking all of the same stuff you would take in an ABSN anyway, just at graduate school rate$. So do your homework there and you may see what I saw- that there is no shorcut and no circumventing the year of school that makes you an RN.
This is what I found to be somewhat true:
[Accelerated BSN(RN)+ regular MSN] = [1+2=3 years
Entry-MSN(RN) = 2-3 years uninterrupted
[ADN(RN)+(BA)+MSN]= [2 + 2 = 4 years total]
(In the E-MSN they train you up as an RN during the first year during what is an intense, accelerated first year that qualifies you to take the NCLEX- which sounds an awful lot like an expensive accelerated BSN followed by two years of master's-level work along with a busy schedule of working for free as a GN/Graduate Nurse or SN/Student Nurse, or on your RN-Interim or Provisional Permit or whatever). The Accelerated BSN seems like it would be the best/fastest route for a person of your academic background. ADN grads do get hired but the BSN is the best match to all of the job postings. Most of the professional organizations are against the ADN being an entry point and recommend the BSN or higher, and many employers
state that BSN applicants are "preferred". Many federal job postings specify BSN preparation. Yet the ADNs are still filling the gaps created by the overall nursing shortage. The main difference between the ADN and the BSN are: community health/public health, management, and research theoretical components. The ADN grads come out with more skills hours, starting IVs like pros, etc. They often get more clinical time and more skills labs. The MSN students sometimes run into trouble during their 3-3.5 years of preparation and never finish, and sometimes have trouble finding entry-level employment since they are percieved as overqualified or conversely underexposed to clinical skills and oversaturated with theory. Those are all just perceptions and schools will vary, but I think the ABSN is the best path for entry if you want a quick path to getting that license and having the option to work for a while before starting your MSN, to do your MSN while working, and perhaps get it paid for by your employer. If you have the brains, youth, and money, the EMSN does seem like an awesome choice, but in my opinion too much can go wrong with such a big investment. 3 years is a long time since all that needs to happen in that 3 year period is one misstep for you to be back to square one.
BTW I am a BA+RN stuck in a pickle because I want to go back into the military and need to choose a quick, affordable, accredited RN>BSN program that has rolling admissions and won't spring any big surprises on me. But the military only accepts BSNs - I've done quite a bit of research and that rule seems to be pretty solid despite rumors / old tales asserting the contrary.
Also I'm going to do you a favor right now and warn you (though I'm sure you've figured this out for yourself already) that nursing is a whole new ball game, that you might want to take a "clean slate" approach to nursing despite your awesome credentials (that JD might come in really handy later though- congratulations- nursing needs folks like you who can be real professionals active in both nursing and peripheral zones like law). PS I'm an ABA-paralegal certificate holder and hope to serve on a QA/compliance/legal-related committee someday so I can use my background in law to contribute.
Your academic preparation really does make you suited to an E-MSN or high-calibre ABSN program. But any route will work. My ADN program had a large number of BAs from prestigious universities like Berkeley, master's degrees, etc. There were also some high calibre people with years of experience working in healthcare as techs or UCs. Not to mention those 20-year olds who are so smart that they chose nursing right out of high school instead of waiting until they were 30 (I think these were our smartest students). Still, you are never going to know who the good nurses are until they are with the patients. Take whatever program accepts you and fits your budget and get that RN license. You'll do very well with your analytical background, especially on the legal issues! Good luck amigo.