Kardashian, who is the Vogue’s May issue cover star, told the magazine that she started a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer. California is one of only four states in the country where students can receive a legal education in a law office. The other three states include Virginia, Vermont, and Washington state.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” the beauty mogul said.
She said her career change was inspired by her successful advocacy work in seeking clemency for Alice Johnson’s sentence.
“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, [expletive] I need to know more,” she explained to 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,” she added.
Kardashian will be required to study law during regular business hours for at least 18 hours each week with a minimum of 48 weeks to receive credit for one year of study, according to the Californian Bar admission rules.
After completing her first year of study, Kardashian will be required to take the First-Year Law Student’s Exam or the “baby bar” that is set by the state. This test is for students who are not studying at an American Bar Association-accredited law school and is known for being notoriously difficult. If she passes, she will then receive credit for her first year of study.
“First year of law school, you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts,” Kim explained to the magazine.
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@KimKardashian is used to being underestimated. If the media mogul/beauty entrepreneur/soon-to-be mother of four’s next act—studying law—seems unlikely, perhaps it shouldn’t. “This is the daughter of an accomplished attorney and the mother of three black kids who is using her full power to make a difference on a tough issue and is shockingly good at it,” says @CNN commentator and activist @vanjones68. Jones brings up the Elle Woods character from @legallyblondemovies as perhaps the only archetype we have in the culture through which to understand such an unlikely turn of events. “But she’s so much deeper than that,” he says, “because the gravity of the issues she’s taking on is so tragic and all-pervasive. I think she’s going to be a singular person in American life.” In many demonstrable ways—for better or worse—@KimKardashian already is. But if she were to pass the bar, it would be the most surprising rebranding since @Barbie got woke, a case to be studied at @harvardhbs for years to come. (Indeed, she has been invited to speak at Harvard later this year “on branding and media.”) “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,” @KimKardashian says. Tap the link in our bio to read the full May cover story. Photographed by @mikaeljansson, styled by @tonnegood, written by @jonathanvanmeter, Vogue, May 2019.
“To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and criminal 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,” she said.
Last year, the celebrity met with President Donald Trump in the White House to ask him to pardon Johnson, who was serving life in prison for drug conspiracy and money laundering.
She learned of the woman’s story in early 2018 and contacted Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who connected Kardashian with her husband, Jared Kushner—who was working on a prison reform initiative at the time.
Trump eventually commuted Johnson’s sentence after Kardashian’s intervention.