Kim Kardashian has fans in shock after revealing that she’s studying to become a lawyer, but it’s what informed her decision that is remarkable.
The reality star recently opened up in a “Vogue” interview about deciding last summer to begin a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, intending to take the bar in 2022.
Although the news may come as a shock to many who see Kim Kardashian as a reality star/make-up mogul, it’s not unlikely that this glamorous celebrity is following in the footsteps of her famed attorney dad, the late Robert Kardashian.
Kim’s latest ambition is not unconnected to the work she put in last year to secure the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who had been serving a life sentence since 1996 on first-time nonviolent drug charges.
Kim, 38, worked for months on the case with #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform. She visited the White House on May 30 to discuss Alice’s pardon with President Donald Trump.
Recalling how that experience planted the seed of her decision to study law, Kim told the magazine:
“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency and I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, [expletive]. I need to know more. …I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”
Eventually, on June 6, Alice became a free woman, and that victory snowballed into the signing into law of the FIRST STEP Act, a major bipartisan piece of criminal justice–reform legislation, in December.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” Kim said of her decision, adding that the outcome of Alice’s case played no small role in sealing the deal. “I never in a million years thought we would get to the point of getting laws passed. That was really a turning point for me.”
Kim, who is married to rapper Kanye West, also revealed that she’d always been interested in the subject, making it a habit as a young girl to snoop through her father’s law library.
Although she did not graduate from college, California offers an alternative path to passing the bar that involves “reading the law” or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer or judge.
Now, despite being a mom to three kids – North, five; Saint, three; Chicago, One – and managing a hectic celebrity schedule, Kim is putting in the work to pass what is known as the “baby bar” later this summer, after which she can then study to take the bar in 2022.
“The reading is what really gets me,” she confessed. “It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds.”
You go, Kim!
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