It has been a big year for the Kardashians. From the Khloe and Tristan cheating scandal to Kylie Jenner becoming the youngest “self-made” billionaire to Kim and Kanye announcing their fourth child is on the way, it’s been hard to keep up. Now, in a major plot twist, Kim says she is studying to become a lawyer. Not what you were expecting, right?
In an interview for this month’s issue of Vogue, the 38-year-old reality star says she has been studying law for the last year and is doing a four-year apprenticeship at a law firm in San Francisco, CA. Though she isn’t attending school, which seems confusing, this is actually a legal way for someone to become a lawyer in California. The state allows for students from unaccredited programs and apprenticeships to sit for the bar. Her goal, she said, is to take the bar in 2022.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” she told the magazine.
So, what made Kim come to this decision knowing how much time and effort it would take? She explained it was largely because of her work helping free Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender, in June 2018. Despite the positive result, she recalls feeling out of her depth and believes that if she knew more, she could do for criminal justice reform, an issue she is very passionate about.
“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, shit. I need to know more,” she told Vogue.
“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.”
It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one. It’s time for REAL systemic change pic.twitter.com/kdKr8s6lJW
Kim has been working on criminal justice reform for some time now, visiting prisons, working with activist groups, and meeting with politicians, including POTUS. She recently partnered with CNN commentator Van Jones and attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of the national bipartisan advocacy group #cut50, in an effort to “shrink the incarceration industry.”
“I never in a million years thought we would get to the point of getting laws passed,” Kim admitted in the interview. “That was really a turning point for me.” And while she knows her new efforts will be met with a lot of eye rolls, Kim isn’t letting that slow her down.
“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.”