Kim Kardashian West Has a New Goal: to Become a Criminal Justice Lawyer

Does the name “Atty. Kim Kardashian West” has a ring to it?

The reality TV star revealed in a full feature article with Vogue that she is currently taking a four-year law apprenticeship at a California law firm, which she started summer of last year, and has plans to take the bar exam in 2022. She claimed that her successful petition to US President Donald Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who had served nearly 22 years of a life sentence for cocaine trafficking, in 2018 greatly motivated her to pursue that track.

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I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long, many said it would never come. Words cannot begin to express how much of an honor it is to have my first solo US cover of @VogueMagazine. I remember as a little girl flipping through my mom’s subscription each month and dreaming of one day gracing the cover of this iconic magazine. Thank you to the incredible Anna Wintour for your support as always, it means the world to me. @Tonnegood, @Mikaeljansson and the glam team were an absolute dream to work with. I’m so incredibly grateful to writer @Jonathanvanmeter for illustrating a glimpse into my life in a way that I don’t think has ever been done – from juggling family, my businesses and pursuing a law degree with such care and seriousness. Special thank you to my husband Kanye for speaking into existence that one day I would grace the cover of Vogue when everyone told me to be “more realistic.” #dreamsdocometrue #speakitintoexistence #voguemagazine Photographer: Mikael Jansson @mikaeljansson Stylist: Tonne Goodman @tonnegood Makeup: Hannah Murray @hannah_murray1 Hair headpieces: Shay Ashual @shayashual Cover Look: Chanel top @chanelofficial; Irene Neuwirth necklace @ireneneuwirth. Vogue Team @sergiokletnoy & @jilldemling

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“I had to think long and hard about this,” Kim said in the feature. “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.”

She continued, “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.”

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For the last year, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system. I visited prisons, met with formerly incarcerated people, and helped with cases of individual injustice – including two death penalty cases. I have met with and am very supportive of Governor Newsom and his decision to help bring an end to the California Death Penalty. Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty. And we should not be okay with the risk that an innocent person could be executed. I hope we can turn toward better solutions that focus more on healing victims of trauma and prioritizing fairness and justice.

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California is just one of the few states in America where aspiring attorneys who do not have a bachelor’s degree and cannot be admitted to law school are allowed to intern for four years at a law firm before taking the bar exams. However, Kim will still need to pass a series of tests and submit semi-annual progress reports before she will ever be certified to become an attorney.

Among all the subjects she has learned in her first year of studying law, criminal law is by far her favorite. “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. 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.

Kim will be taking a “baby bar” sometime this summer administered by the state. Once she passes that, she will be allowed to continue three more years of study.

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