You may not want her representing you, but Kim Kardashian’s next venture into criminal defence actually makes a lot of sense.
Words by Olivia Edwardes
Kim Kardashian has always been a talking point, but this week she made even more conversation as she announced her plans to venture into law.
Yes, this week Kim announced that she has been secretly training to be a Criminal Defence Lawyer since last summer and plans to be a licensed attorney by 2022.
Though we wish Kim was trekking to uni everyday (imagine that season of KUWTK), her native state of California allows someone to take their exams without attending law school if they complete a four year apprenticeship at a law firm. Leave it to the reality star (makeup mogul, Kanye’s spouse, recording artist, TV star) to find a loophole.
She will be logging 18 hours each week for a minimum of 48 weeks to receive credit for one year of study. After she has completed the equivalent hours and passes a string of notoriously difficult exams (E channel can’t cheat her out of that one), Kim will gain her license to become a practicing solicitor in the state of California.
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She is being mentored by Van Jones and Jessica Jackson Sloan, two highly prestigious lawyers, so she’s clearly in good hands.
Before you shake your head, Kim and her family have been heavily involved in American politics for the past year, with Kim in avid protest of the US extreme prison reform policies. Last June, she was essentially responsible for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, an American woman with a life prison sentence for unjust situational cocaine trafficking.
Kim even met with President Trump to discuss changing the prison sentences for incarcerated women, an experience she said she was ‘willing to do what it takes to fight for what’s right’.
‘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 told Vogue in their latest issue.
‘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.’
Amen, Kim, we can’t argue with that. She’s used her massive platform to do good before, and having knowledge of the law can only propel her to help more people.
She’s following in her late lawyer father’s footsteps, only with extreme contour and a camera crew chronicling every study session.