Kim Kardashian is ready to prove her detractors wrong once again as she's studying to become a lawyer.
In the E! reality star's new cover story with Vogue, the 38-year-old star admitted that she decided last summer to begin a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, with the goal of taking the bar in 2022. The decision, in part, was due to Kardashian's advocacy work to petition President Donald Trump to commute the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender. She's also been working for months with author and CNN commentator Van Jones, as well as attorney Jessica Jackson, both whom cofound the #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group focused on criminal-justice reform, visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House.
"I had to think long and hard about this," she told the outlet, admitting that the decision arrived 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, sh*t. I need to know more.' 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."
As Vogue pointed out, California is one of four U.S. states to allow an alternate method to pass the bar for those who didn't go to college. One can pass the bar by "reading the law" or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer. Kardashian is set to take what is known as the "baby bar" administered by the state this summer. If she passes, she will be given permission to continue for three more years of study. "First year of law school, you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts," she told the magazine. "To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crime law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me. The reading is what really gets me. It's so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds."
As for the detractors, Kardashian isn't paying any mind to them. "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."
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