Kim Kardashian of KUWTK Says She Would Love to Open up a Firm and Hire Formerly Incarcerated People
When reality TV star Kim Kardashian revealed that she is currently studying law through an apprenticeship program, many ridiculed her career move. But not only is she pursuing her legal studies, she even has plans to open up a firm and hire ex-convicts.
In 2002, Kim Kardashian was a little-known personal stylist to Brandy Norwood while dating her younger brother, Ray J, reports Page Six. In the same year, the couple went on vacation in Cabo and filmed parts of their trip, including very revealing NSFW highlights of their bedroom play. 4 years later, while Kim was busy making media appearances as Paris Hilton’s friend, an adult film company called Vivid Entertainment released the tapes Kim and Ray J had made, thrusting her into the spotlight in a negative way.
In the summer of 2007 “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” aired for the very first time and it was produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions. Kim and her sisters Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie, together with her mom Kris and stepdad Bruce (now Caitlyn) were set on the path to becoming America’s most famous reality TV family.
After more than 10 years on-air, the family mints millions from their highly profitable fashion and lifestyle empire, including endorsement deals, getting paid to make appearances at events and launching products that are highly sought after.
FROM REALITY TV STAR TO STAR LAWYER IN THE MAKING
In 2018, CNN commentator Van Jones and attorney Jessica Jackson teamed up with Kim in an effort to “shrink the incarceration industry” through #cut50, a criminal-justice reform advocacy group that petitions the leadership to reduce the prison population.
“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” the reality star told Vogue about her White House visit to petition the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender who had been in jail for two-plus decades. “I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. 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.”
This realization led the mother of four to embark on a path to earn her law degree through a four-year apprenticeship. As the daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, a defense attorney who was part of the team that represented O.J. Simpson during his 1995 murder trial, this move into law was not surprising to her family.
“THIS IS NOT THE EASY WAY OUT”
Big sister Kourtney shared her thoughts on Kim’s entry into the legal world. “Khloé and I can be a little argumentative with my mom,” Kourtney shared with Vogue, “but Kim knows what she needs to say so that my mother can her it and she can get her point across.” While her family appeared to support her decision, there were some naysayers who expressed their disbelief on social media. But Kim took it all in stride.
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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine - It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️
“For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not,” Kim wrote on Instagram. “I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it I get the pep talks I need from the people around supporting me.”
During an interview with Reuters while on a visit to Armenia where she was one of the keynote speakers at the World Congress on Information Technology convention, Kim recently revealed that she would readily hire ex-convicts. “I would love to open up a firm and hire formerly incarcerated people that have spent so much time having to fight for their lives inside,” said Kim. She further explained that the people who “know law the best are the people that are spending time in prison.”
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Activist, entrepreneur, beauty Mogul, and producer @kimkardashian West on stage right now!⠀ She believes that to create something really useful and successful, people should be very passionate about what they are doing. Being authentic is one of the fundamental points of any invention and innovation.⠀ ⠀ #WCIT2019 #ThePowerOfDecentralization
She also talked about raising her kids in an age where social media was a part of daily life. “I would definitely be that mom monitoring my kids on social media as they grow up,” Daily Mail reports. “I don’t know what it would be like to grow up with social media. I grew up before cell phones, so I don’t know what that would be like."
A SPECIAL VISIT TO ARMENIA ??
Apart from speaking at the convention, Kim was in Armenia for another special reason – to get baptized. Sharing photos from the ceremony on social media, Kim revealed that she along with her three younger kids – Saint, Chicago and Psalm – had been baptized at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, which she says is sometimes referred to as “the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church.”
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Thank you Armenia for such a memorable trip. So blessed to have been baptized along with my babies at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia's main cathedral which is sometimes referred to as the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church. This church was built in 303 AD.📷 @jackie_nickerson
While Kim still has 3 more years before she becomes a lawyer, it will be interesting to see her journey there. “She is focused that this is what she wants to do,” a source told People. “And she’s going to do it, regardless of what people think.