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Kim Kardashian, attorney at law?
The reality star may be known for her burgeoning beauty empire and her family’s long-running TV series, but the 38-year-old mother of four is reportedly planning to add a new title for her resume: lawyer.
She opened up about her career ambitions in a recent interview with Vogue magazine, revealing that she began a four-year law apprenticeship last summer and plans to take the bar exam in 2022.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” she told the magazine.
Kardashian began making a name for herself as a vocal supporter of prison reform in recent years, and played an instrumental role in the release of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who was serving life in prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Kardashian has been working with attorney Jessica Jackson and CNN commentator Van Jones of the advocacy group #cut50 for a number of months, and has become a fixture at White House meetings on the topic of prison reform, according to Vogue.
She told the outlet that she was inspired to pursue such a path after witnessing a “good result” with Johnson’s case, but also when she realized at a White House meeting that she still had a lot to learn.
“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,’” she recalled. “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,” she continued. “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 states that allow apprenticeships as a path to taking the bar exam, Vogue pointed out. Kardashian opened up about how her studying is going so far, telling the magazine the reading has been the most "time-consuming" part of it all.
“First year of law school, you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts," she said. "To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crim 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.”
Though Kardashian may have risen to fame as a reality TV star, a career in law isn’t as unexpected as it may seem. Her late father, Robert Kardashian, was an attorney and was famously part of the defense team for O.J. Simpson during his 1994 murder trial.
Kardashian told Vogue that her interest in criminal justice began as a child, when she witnessed her father working on the famous case.
“On the weekends they used our home as an office, with Johnnie Cochran and Bob Shapiro,” she said. “My dad had a library, and when you pushed on this wall there was this whole hidden closet room, with all of his O.J. evidence books. On weekends I would always snoop and look through. I was really nosy about the forensics.”
Her Vogue interview isn’t the first time she’s expressed an interest in the criminal justice system; in 2017, she theorized that she’d be a forensic investigator in another life.
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