Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer, engaged in a four-year-apprenticeship with a San Francisco law firm. Kardashian’s goal is to take the bar exam in 2022, in a life decision inspired by her work to free Alice Marie Johnson last year.
Kim shares this important news in her May 2019 cover story for Vogue US. Mikael Jansson captures the wonder woman, styled by Tonne Goodman in Chanel, Brandon Maxwell, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Moeva swim and more. Jonathan Van Meter conducts the interview for ‘The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West.
it surprises some that AOC has never been a Kim Kardashian hater. Nope. We all need 1/25th of Kim’s talent, energy, and understanding of us and how to financially leverage our obsessive love/hate relationship with celebrity culture. Then there’s the three kids with another on the way and a demanding, needy husband. So if Kim Kardashian has decided to become a lawyer — following in the footsteps of her famous father — goddess bless her.
Van Meter writes that someone from the Vogue crew mentions that “the very handsome young John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, son of Caroline, reportedly has a crush on her half-sister Kendall, and Kim’s eyes twinkle at the prospect of colluding over some dynastic matchmaking. This prompts a story about her trip to the Oval Office last year to discuss prison reform with Donald Trump: “I bought Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s watch at auction,” she says. “I wore it when I went to the White House. It gave me some power: Let’s get in there and get this done!”
AOC notes that Kim Kardashian posing as Jackie O in the September 2017 issue of Interview Magazine sent Twitter haters into a total state of apoplectic rage.
We know about Kim Kardashian’s role in the 2018 summer release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old Alabama woman in prison since 1996 on a nonviolent drug charge. Kim learned about her case through social media and met with President Trump, seeking Johnson’s clemency.
What has been relatively low-profile news is that Kim has been working with CNN commentator and activist Van Jones (we saw an excellent interview on his Saturday night show), and the attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform for months. After visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House, Kim Kardashian made a major decision about her forward life direction.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” she says, gleefully devouring chile con queso with chips now that her Vogue shoot is over. What inspired her to embark on something so overwhelmingly difficult and time-consuming—even as she also runs a multimillion-dollar beauty enterprise—was the combination of “seeing a really good result” with Alice Marie Johnson and feeling out of her depth. “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” she says, “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. 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.”
Jones says he’s taken some serious heat for complimenting perhaps the least-likely social activist in LA. He’s been working for a long time trying to build a seriously nonpolitical group of heavyweights committed to changing America’s prison system.
Then, says Jones, Trump “runs and wins on this law-and-order, Blue Lives Matter platform, and he gives an inauguration speech with his American-carnage line, making it seem like he’s going to unleash police and prisons everywhere.”
And then the unexpected happened. “Kim Kardashian,” says Jones, “wound up playing this indispensable role, and a lot of people have gotten furious with me, saying I’m stealing the credit from African American activists who have been working on this issue for decades. And first of all, I’m one of them. But I was in the Oval Office with Kim and Ivanka and Jared and the president, and I watched with my own eyes Trump confess to having tremendous fears of letting somebody out of prison and that person going and doing something terrible, and the impact that that would have on his political prospects. He was visibly nervous about it. And I watched Kim Kardashian unleash the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I’ve ever seen in American politics.”
Van Meter correctly notes that perhaps it takes an even bigger reality TV star than Donald Trump to make him see daylight on this difficult topic.
“So for people who have fallen for this media caricature of the party girl from ten years ago who hangs out with Paris Hilton? This is the daughter of an accomplished attorney and the mother of three black kids who is using her full power to make a difference on a tough issue and is shockingly good at it.”
Kim Kardashian is very willing to talk about husband Kanye West’s mental-health issues.
Conflicting assessments from doctors have been digested, with even Kanye once again accepting the bipolar diagnosis. “I think we’re in a pretty good place with it now,” Kim explains, adding the Kanye is committed to demonstrating to leveraging his new purpose of showing that one can live a normal life with mental illness. she says. “It is an emotional process, for sure. Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.
“For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is. Traveling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to. But honestly, I never want to speak for him, because I am not in his mind. But I think some of the hurtful things that I read online . . . . What is she doing? She’s not stopping him. . . . Like it’s my fault if he does or says something that they don’t agree with? That’s my husband. I share every opinion that I have and let him know when I think something’s wrong. Or if it comes to him being in the middle of a bipolar episode, I’ll do everything to be supportive and help to calm the situation.”
As for passing the bar, four US states, including California offer a non-law school path to passing the exam — what is known as “reading the law” or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer or judge. Look at it this way, Kim Kardashian is simply following in the steps of Abraham Lincoln, who also chose apprenticeshp.