Kim Kardashian’s latest venture? Becoming a lawyer.
In an interview with Vogue Wednesday, the reality star, businesswoman and mother revealed that she’s got another job title in the works, inspired by her successful bid to free 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson from a life behind bars after a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” she said, adding “seeing a really good result” with Johnson helped her decide.
Kardashian began a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer, according to Vogue, and plans to take the bar in 2022.
In some states in the United States, it is possible to become a lawyer through an apprenticeship with a practicing lawyer or judge instead of going through college and getting a law degree. Kardashian still has to study though, telling the magazine she is required to log 18 hours of supervised study per week.
“First year of law school 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,” Kardashian said. “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.”
And she’s already gotten approval from mom Kris Jenner.
“I did not see this one coming. What didn’t surprise me was the way she embraced Miss Alice and how she was so hopeful for that outcome,” Jenner 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.”
Kardashian explained her decision in detail:
“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.’ 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.”
The 38-year-old continued, “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.”
Kardashian also talked about her work to help Johnson despite warnings from others to avoid meeting with President Donald Trump.
“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.’ And I was like, ‘It’s my reputation over someone’s life?’ Weigh that out,” she said. “People talk (expletive) about me all day long. It will just be another story about me versus someone getting their life back.”
Trump granted clemency to Johnson in June and she was released immediately from Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution in Alabama.
Kardashian wasn’t the only one in her family to meet the president. Husband Kanye West caused a social media firestorm with pro-Trump tweets and his visit to the White House in October, where he wore a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Despite the hat, Kardashian says West doesn’t have a political party.
“He doesn’t represent either side. But he doesn’t want to be told what he should be. It can be confusing. I get it. The one thing that I respect so much is that he is who he is, no matter what anyone tries to tell him to do,” she said. “I can be sitting there crying: ‘OH, MY GOD! TAKE OFF THE RED HAT!’ Because he really is the sweetest person with the biggest heart. I stopped caring, though. Because I used to care so much. I was making it such an issue in our relationship. And in my life. It gave me so much anxiety.”
She also talked about his struggle with mental health, saying West has accepted a bipolar diagnosis after conflicting assessments from doctors.
“For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is. Traveling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to,” she said, adding that they’re in “a pretty good place with it now.”
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