Kim Kardashian following in her father’s footsteps


Graphics by Olivia Braito.

Lauren McDermott, Contributing Writer

Kim Kardashian West has recently been studying the ins and outs of the legal system in the hopes of one day pursuing her passion of becoming a lawyer. In an interview with “Vogue,” the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (KUWTK) star announced her plans to take the California bar exam in 2022. Kardashian also said that, since last summer, she has been working as an apprentice with a law firm in San Francisco, and will continue for the next three years. Thankfully for Kardashian, California is one of the few states that does not require a law school degree in order to take the bar exam. She has received backlash from KUWTK haters, but she won’t let this get her down. As an activist, Kardashian has already advocated for individuals who have been impacted by the legal system, supporting them to live just lives while following in her father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps.


After playing a key role in the recent release of Alice Marie Johnson, the 63-year-old woman who served 21 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug charge, Kardashian’s interest in legalities really grew. She saw this as an opportunity to really make a difference to someone who she felt was wrongly charged in the eyes of the legal system and met with President Donald Trump to discuss prison reform. “It’s never one person who gets things done,” she said. “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.”


Since helping Johnson, Kardashian has partnered with lawyers and other activists on a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal justice reform. She has also gotten involved with the case of 30-year-old Chris Young, who has been in prison for 10 years and is set to be jailed for life due to the three-strikes law regarding drug crime. CNN commentator Van Jones, along with other prominent media figures, has expressed his support for Kardashian’s involvement in the case and in human rights issues as a whole.

Despite this, Kardashian has been receiving criticism from Twitter trolls and web haters stating that she already has enough power and money and lacks legal knowledge. It’s just rude, as her ‘Kardashian klan’ would respond. Yet, just because she already has stardom, it should not mean that she cannot pursue her own goals. No amount of money or fame (or lack of these things) should prohibit a person from their dreams. Kardashian has already made a big difference in lives of numerous people who have been wronged by the law and will continue to provide support for others if she does become a lawyer.

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