Last week, Kim Kardashian ruffled some feathers when she revealed in her Vogue feature that she is studying to become a lawyer and plans to take the bar exam in 2022. Why so ruffly? Well, the reality star didn’t finish college, so many wondered if it was her money and privilege that gained her the easy access. But, apparently nope. It’s all been, and continues to be, gruelling work, so much so that Kim took to Instagram to respond to her critics in the best, most in-depth, “eff you” way.
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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️
Kardashian may not have finished college but she did attend Pierce College in Los Angeles for some time, long enough to get the required credits for “reading the law.” The option, which is offered in California and three other states, is for those who didn’t go to law school. It allows them to take the bar exam after apprenticing with a judge or practising attorney, which is the path Kim is following.
“I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals,” she wrote. “You can create your own lanes, just as I am.”
She further detailed how much time and work she’s putting into reading and studying, and despite feeling “overwhelmed,” she is determined to do whatever it takes to follow this dream.
Kim added that she has a big torts essay on negligence due this week, which is going to be tough (she revealed in Vogue that “torts is the most confusing”). But she’s come this far; she’s not going to stop now. Kardashian is also preparing for the “baby bar” this summer, which is what it sounds like: a mini version of the bar exam. Once she passes that, she will get approval to continue to study for the next three years. Then onto the biggie.
All good things, right? Mock her all you want, but why would you? If Kim wants to use her money and fame and power for good, then nothing to fault there. She shouldn’t be judged for wanting to better herself, educate herself, and dedicate herself to helping others, particularly those who have paid their dues to society. Reforming the U.S. criminal justice system is obviously no small task and if she’s willing to put the hours in, good for her. If all her hard work pays off, wonderful! And if it doesn’t, that won’t stop her from trying to figure out other ways to fix the system. Either way, keep working it, Kim.
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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