This fall, Kanye West broke the news to Extra that his wife, Kim Kardashian West, hot off her stint of working with President Donald Trump to commute Alice Johnson’s sentence, was studying the law, saying, “My wife is in law school now, and it’s extremely serious to us.”
Kardashian West’s representatives then confirmed that the queen of reality TV was not, in fact, going to law school — but they neglected to tell the world what was really happening. Kardashian West is studying become a lawyer without going to law school.
As it turns out, Kim Kardashian West is in her first year of a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, and she’ll be taking the California baby bar sometime this summer. If she passes, she’ll be permitted to continue with her apprenticeship. (How is this possible? California is one of a handful of states that allows people to take the bar without a college or law school degree.)
Kardashian West revealed the news in an interview with Vogue, saying that she felt a bit out of her depth in her quest to get Johnson released from prison. “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” she says. “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.”
Vogue has additional details on how Kardashian West’s studies are going:
“First year of law school,” Kim says, “you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts. 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.”
Kim Kardashian West is not a fan of Keeping Up with the Kontracts, but it’s nice to see that she’s following in her late father’s footsteps — Robert Kardashian of O.J. Simpson acquittal fame — with her interest in criminal law and criminal justice reform.
“I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she says. “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.”
Congratulations to Kim Kardashian West on her decision to become a lawyer. Here’s hoping she’s able to conquer the beast that is the California bar exam.
The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West [Vogue]
Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.
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