Reality star. Branding guru. Entrepreneur. Lawyer?
Yes, you read that right. Kim Kardashian wants to follow in her dad, the late Robert Kardashian’s, footsteps – and she’s already started.
Kim just landed the cover for the May issue of Vogue, and in her cover story, she revealed that she’s currently studying to become a lawyer.
It all started with Alice Marie Johnson’s case – the 63-year-old woman she helped get clemency after being incarcerated for a nonviolent drug charge in 1996. She’s been working with an advocacy group on criminal justice reform and attending meetings at the White House.
After she saw a video of Alice that a friend posted on Twitter, she was moved by her predicament and began consulting her lawyers. “Here’s a grandmother who took part in her first-time nonviolent offense and received the same sentence as Charles Manson,” she shared during the interview. “I just thought, This is so wrong and so bizarre, and how could that be? I sent it to my attorney and said, ‘What can we do? Does she need better lawyers?’”
“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. People talk s—t about me all day long. It will just be another story about me versus someone getting their life back,” she said.
“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” she revealed. “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, s—t. 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. 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.”
And she’s gearing up to level up her studies.
“First year of law school, you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts,” she explains. “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.”
This summer, she plans to take a test administered by the state. If she passes, she will get to continue three more years of studying to become a lawyer.
She’s aware that this surprising career move will probably get a lot of eyerolls. As for how she deals with other people’s negative perception of her, “I don’t pay attention to that anymore,” she said. “I love to be put in a situation where I can have a conversation with someone who might not be inclined to think much of me, because I can guarantee they will have a different opinion and understand what’s important to me after they’ve met me.”