Making the jump from litigation to PE?

I currently work in litigation at a mid-sized, regional law firm in the south east, focusing on construction litigation and workers comp matters. Pay is decent, but not great compared to big law. I am 27, and I have been doing this for about two years. This really isn't about the money, I would be happy making what I am now elsewhere--I just want to try something new. In that vein, in the next five years or so I would like to make the jump to private equity somehow. I can't really lateral to a transactional practice, at least not within my firm as we are heavily litigation focused. Thought I would reach out to this group to see if anyone is willing to offer any advice? Any skills I can begin to build, steps I should take, should I give up this idea entirely? Literally any feedback is helpful.

A few other details:

1) I have the money saved up to quit and go to business school--I'm confident I could attend a top 25 b-school.

2) I am a good networker and have traditionally found it easy to make career moves through connections and friends.

3) I have an undergraduate degree in political science (I know, stupid), but my law school focus was heavily business/corporate. 

4) I'm not trying to get to Blackstone or KKR--like I said, this is about trying new things. 

5) I attended a top 30 law school w/ 3.67 GPA and 164 LSAT; graduated law school in top 33% of class.

Anyway, thanks in advance for the help! 

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