Difficulties moving into corporate transaction/M&A law from a corporate job?

tl;dr – I’m considering making the switch from a senior HR role to trying to get into corporate transaction/M&A law and want to understand more about that space or if you have suggestions for other fields based on the below.

Full story:
I’ve always been an over-achiever and “discovered” HR as a career path in college when I didn’t like my business major specialities in the real world in internships (I was so bored with repetition work that took no brain power to execute).

I got into HR because I figured I could rise up quickly (I did), I was very good at the operations side, and in the tech industry, it allowed me to be creative and problem solve versus be a button pusher.

However, the last 7ish years, I’ve hated the *how.* I like the *what* of the roles – fixing systems, learning new systems, process improvement, helping people, saving companies money, implementing new solutions, coaching people, etc. But I can’t stand the politics and unethical leaders at the companies I’ve worked at. At this point, I’ve worked at several different companies and don’t think I’ll be able to find a startup or corporate environment where I’m not dealing with bad leaders. (Bad to me = too aggressive or passive aggressive, lack of strategic direction, unable to put the team before themselves, extremely tone deaf or selfish, breaking the law, etc.) It doesn’t seem like my friends in other industries generally have the same issues with leadership that I’ve ran into, but a few out of dozens have, so I also don’t know what I’m doing wrong (if anything) in my own screening process of companies.

So I’m trying to figure out what may be transferable, and corporate law came up as an idea, and I really like the idea. However, by the time I’d finish law school if I went full or part time, I’d be 37 or 38.

I’m wondering:
-For those in this field, how is the ageism? I don’t mind starting at the bottom as the compensation will be about the same now.

-Are career changers frowned upon in this field? I bring super relevant corporate experience versus say being a ceramics teacher (though nothing wrong with that switch in my book, just thinking from the perspective of how to potentially market myself)

-I assume the hours suck to start and eventually get better like most areas of law?

-By being more of a guide to clients, do you find you’re able to separate yourself from the client’s drama more easily, if you’re exposed to it?

-Would going to law school part time while working be frowned upon to enter this field? My understand of the typical system is you need to get an internship after your second year at the firm you’d work at after commencement and passing the bar. Obviously I couldn’t intern full time and keep my day job full time.

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