On April 10, Vogue rocked the pop culture world with some big news – Kim Kardashian West is studying to become a lawyer. If her studies go as planned, she will be taking the California Bar Exam in 2022.
The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West, the Vogue article written by Jonathan Van Meter, summed up a few days in the life of the celebrity, capturing both her work and family life – and now her life as a law student.
The article shaped Kardashian into a polished business woman, mother, advocate and student. It was personal and humble even as Van Meter incorporated details about her lavish lifestyle into the story. With this new part of Kardashian’s life being outed to the public in such a subtle way, however, Kardashian’s many fans and foes have some questions and concerns.
Burning question number one: how is it even possible for Kardashian to get her law degree without having completed college?
She has actually been working towards this degree since last July. Kardashian began an apprenticeship with #cut50, a clemency-based law organization in San Francisco, California, which is one of the four states that allows someone to take the bar exam without attending law school. Kardashian has been traveling to San Francisco every week to meet with her two mentor lawyers, Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney, who supervise her required 18 hours of study per week.
Kardashian’s mentors are basically all-star lawyers; Jackson being a human rights attorney and the Co-Founder of #cut50, a bipartisan advocacy group that works towards reform of the criminal-justice system, and Haney being a death penalty attorney, who now serves as the National Policy Director of #cut50.
With all that being said, people are wondering exactly how and why Kardashian decided to team up with these powerhouse women to get her degree.
Does the name Alice Marie Johnson ring a bell? Last summer, Kim Kardashian worked alongside Jessica Jackson and Van Jones, CNN commentator and Co-Founder of #cut50, to release Johnson from prison after being incarcerated for 21 years on a nonviolent drug charge. The team visited the White House, and Kardashian personally convinced President Trump to pass Johnson’s clemency.
Well that all leads to the question, how exactly did she get involved with such an issue at the White House?
Not without much criticism, that’s for sure. Kardashian heard about Johnson’s case through social media and was shocked by the unfairness of it. She’s a Kardashian, but she is also a human who can feel the need to advocate for these issues just like anyone else – and with her platform to do so, that is what she did. And it hasn’t stopped with Johnson. Kardashian has since met with Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Trump, as well as husband to Ivanka Trump, to discuss prison reform.
Next question: why does Kardashian want the degree?
In the Vogue article, Van Meter captured her fiery determination, curiosity and dedication to taking her advocacy a step further by earning this degree.
“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.”
Kim Kardashian is a soon-to-be mother of four, a reality TV star, the founder and CEO of KKW Beauty and now, a law student. While she is receiving lots of backlash from the public eye, if she is indeed taking this venture seriously, she may just become Kim Kardashian West, Esquire.