Reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian-West could become the next Elle Woods as she is studying to become a lawyer and wants to take the Bar in 2022.
In an interview with Vogue for the May 2019 cover, Kim revealed she’s currently doing a four-year apprenticeship with a San Francisco law firm after she had worked to help free Alice Marie Johnson last year.
“I made a decision to go to the White House when everyone was telling me, ‘Don’t go, your career will be over; you can’t step foot in there,'” Kim said. “And I was like, ‘It’s my reputation over someone’s life?’ Weigh that out. People talk shit about me all day long. It will be just another story about me versus someone getting their life back.”
Kim said the choice came from the combination of “seeing a really good result” with Johnson while simultaneously feeling like she couldn’t help enough.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” Kim said. “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.”
Kim said most of the subjects have been pretty easy to grasp, although some of them aren’t very fascinating.
“The first year of law school, you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts,” Kim said. “To me, torts is the most boring, contracts is 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.”
Although Kim never finished college, there are other ways to pass the bar. Four U.S. states, including California, offer another option to passing the bar – known as “reading the law” – or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer or judge.
Vogue noted that this summer, Kim will be taking the “Baby Bar,” which is administered by the State of California and if she passes, she will be given the OK to continue studying for three more years.
Kim said she doesn’t pay attention to negative comments anymore, knowing she’s bound to receive some for her choices.
“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,” Kim said. “Because I can guarantee they will have a different opinion and understand what’s important to me after they’ve met me.”
At least Kim’s family is supportive of her, with Kourtney Kardashian telling Vogue she thinks her sister is constitutionally lawyerly.
“She seems to have all the answers or something like she just kind of knows,” Kourtney said. “Khloé and I can be a little argumentative with my mom. But Kim knows what she needs to say so that my mother can hear it and she can get her point across.”
Kris Jenner chimed in, saying she “did not see this one coming” but that her daughter is very passionate when it comes to certain agendas.
“What didn’t surprise me was the way she embraced Miss Alice and how she was so hopeful for that outcome,” Kris said. “When you find something that you’re that passionate about, it’s not difficult; you don’t have to think about it – it just happens.”