......do read this article by Harrison Barnes before taking such a step! It's a long piece, and is based on the author's knowledge of the U.S. legal job market, but a lot of it is relevant to the U.K. too.

His advice is practical and insightful.

There are many different ways in which to practice law. I mention just one option in my blog "There's more than one way to be a lawyer" - http://blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/futureoflaw/2015/04/theres-more-than-one-way-to-be-a-lawyer/ - but the law touches every aspect of life and you can find a way to make practising law a happy experience (unless you're one of those Harrison Barnes says should get out, of course!!!).