Kim Kardashian West has revealed that she has embarked on a four-year apprenticeship with a Bay Area nonprofit law firm, in the hopes of becoming a fully-fledged lawyer by 2022.
The reality television star got a taste of working inside the criminal justice system back in 2018 when she and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner set out to persuade the President of the United States to grant clemency to convicted drug trafficker Alice Marie Johnson. They were successful, with 63-year-old Johnson being released from prison after serving 21 years of what was originally set to be a life sentence.
“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” Kardashian West explained in a new in-depth interview by Vogue magazine. “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.”
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.”
So she set about learning. In her first year of schooling, which consists of 18 hours of supervised study each week, Kardashian West will study three subjects: torts contracts and criminal law. The latter, she says, comes naturally to her.
“Crim law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me. To me, torts is the most confusing and contracts is the most boring.”
“The reading is what really gets me,” she laughs. “It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds.”
During the interview, Kardashian West recalled how she first became fascinated by the ins and outs of criminal law when she was very young, inspired partly by the fact that her late father Robert Kardashian acted as an attorney for O.J. Simpson during his infamous 1995 murder trial.
“On the weekends they used our home as an office, with Johnnie Cochran and Bob Shapiro,” she noted.
“My dad had a library, and when you pushed on this wall there was this whole hidden closet room, with all of his O.J. evidence books. On weekends I would always snoop and look through. I was really nosy about the forensics.”