OP-not to discourage you, but to give you a little perspective. I was a legal secretary/paralegal for many years. Never felt good enough, like the rest of my friends with "professional" jobs. Pay wasn't that good, etc. Always loved the sciences and wanted to help people, fast forward, went to nursing school. Got my Associates Degree, passed NCLEX first try, and went to work in this so-called hell hole "profession". I've been an RN since 1999. I've worked in many different practice settings, in many different areas of nursing and its all been incredibly stressful. As a nurse, you will be faced with horrible, unsafe staffing on a constant, daily basis and you will not have any control over this. You will be dealing with patients and family members who really do think that they are entitled to demand anything they want out of you and management will always side with the "customer", even if that means you losing your job. You will not be "right", the customer always will be. You will have to deal with bullying co-workers who will be just as stressed, if not more than you, and take out their frustrations on eachother. And you will have to deal with your own management forever throwing their nursing staff under the proverbial bus, just because they need a scape goat and they can--there is always another nurse out there to take your place thinking "it will never happen to him/her". Also, read the posts and see how many new grads as well as us seasoned nurses are unemployed and have no job prospects on the horizon. I lost my last job in a LTC facility a year ago. I had been there for two years, great reviews, no patient complaints. Management decided that they no longer needed per diem nurses, their regular staff would pick up open shifts so after two years of being per diem and essentially working full time for them, three to four shifts a week, I was told out of the blue that they had a new policy and regular staff would now take all open shifts.
The economy is bad now for EVERYONE. There are many different avenues you can take as a paralegal and many different practice areas you can become involved in. You can work for a large firm, or a small group of practitioners. You are helping people by assisting the attorney in solving legal issues for clients. You won't have to go through thousands of dollars in tuitition, books, uniforms, supplies, etc. only to graduate and find out the hard way that there aren't the number of jobs out there for nurses that the public thinks there is. You won't have to find out the hard way how very difficult it is to be a nurse for an entire career--the stress and working conditions are terrible, and yes you won't be immune to these problems.
Honestly OP, I wish I had done my homework and had people talk the truth to me way back when, before I went to nursing school. The path through school is incredibly hard, the path afterward is even more difficult. Think long and hard about staying in the legal profession before you jump ship for supposed "greener pastures."
Wishing you best of luck in whatever path you decide to take.