Kardashian Is Studying to Become a Lawyer
Last year Kim Kardashian surprised the world when she fought for Alice Marie Johnson's clemency, and won. The reality TV star, along with a group of attorneys, met with the president in May to discuss the injustice dealt to Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. Just weeks later, she was released from jail.
Helping someone in need felt good to the mother of three (soon to be four), and her advocacy work has led the 38-year-old to begin a four-year-long apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, with the goal of taking the bar exam in 2022.
During a interview for Vogue's May cover, Kardashian went into depth about her decision to study law.
"I had to think long and hard about this," she told the outlet, explaining that part of her decision was made after "seeing a really good result with" Johnson. "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, s---. I need to know more,'' she admitted. "I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair. But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It’s never one person who gets things done; it’s always a collective of people, and I've always known my role, but 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."
California is one of four US states that allows alternate methods of passing the bar for those who didn't go to school. One of those ways is apprenticing for a practicing lawyer, which Kardashian is doing. She's gearing up to take the "baby bar" this summer, and if she passes she'll be able to study for three more years before taking the official bar.
As always, there will be people who roll their eyes when they learn the reality star is studying to practice law. But Kardashian could care less. "I don't pay attention to that anymore," she said. "I love to be put in a situation where I can have a conversation with someone who might not be inclined to think much of me, because I can guarantee they will have a different opinion and understand what’s important to me after they’ve met me."