I have a similar problem. The law school choice seems too clear.
1) I want to do something different with my life than I have been. Drastic change.
2) I have plenty of time to waste right now - no relationships or commitments other than my job.
3) I think I would enjoy the satisfaction I would get by succeeding in this. I really feel like I missed out on having a real intellectual challenge in undergrad. I breezed through two degrees with a 3.94.
4) I have spare money right now, and no debt.
5) Even though I *may* not pursue law, I don't see myself with a JD making any *less* than I do now, regardless of the career that I end up in. Plus, I believe that a JD would be a definite help in whatever I pursue. I could handle the debt, which by my plans should be about $50k, even on my current salary.
6) I'd like to spend some time in another city.
7) I see the practiced ability to apply myself and improved range of social skills that I could get from law school as more valuable than what I would learn with another three years at my current job.
Even though I am steadily advancing in my current job, I get the feeling that I will stagnate if I stay there too much longer. I know 'stagnate' is not the greatest term, but it is something I see every day in the people I work with. Maybe it happens at all jobs, but I would REALLY like to avoid it.
9) I know that the chances of this are low, low, low low low, but I would love to become good enough as a lawyer to make a difference in the current IP situation in the US. Even a little itty-bitty difference: a precedent-setting case would be awesome, but even just getting into a position to advise someone who really does have a chance to make a difference. It's just such a screwed up situation, and so many of the people involved seem like they don't really understand it.
10) Law school, and many of the potential career paths afterward, seem like they might really feed my competitive spirit >
See what I mean? Too clear. The only real risks I see are:
1) I might fail out, be out of a job and in an indeterminate amount of debt. Possible but unlikely.
2) My career path in my current job is really, really open and I am making lots of money with a job I generally like at a very stable company. Somehow I think I may regret leaving it (for the rest of my life.....)
3) I might dislike the rigors of law school more than I expect, and I might hate being a lawyer. It's so hard to tell.
I think I can live with those risks. Something inside me still screams "DON'T DO IT!" though.