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How Kim Kardashian Can Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School

Updated on April 18, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics including celebrities and entertainment.

Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West | Source

A lot of people were surprised last week when they found out that Kim Kardashian West has decided to become a lawyer. She made the announcement in the May 2019 issue of Vogue. Some people were shocked when they heard the news. Of course, they began to speculate without knowing the facts.

Most people who have become lawyers have gone to law school. Kim is studying to become a lawyer, and it is not a requirement for her to attend classes in law school. This has nothing to do with her celebrity status.

So, how can she become an attorney without spending years in law school like her late father, Attorney Robert Kardashian who worked with the O.J. Simpson defense case? The attorney died in 2003 of cancer at the age of 59.

In Late Father's Footsteps

Kim might be following in her late father's footsteps, but her focus is so is much different. She became interested in the legal process from her work with CNN commentator and criminal justice reform advocate Van Jones.

She told Vogue that she wants to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. She wants to fight to fix a broken system. She said if she knew more, she could do more.

Kim registered last year for the California State Bar to study law. For the next four years, she has to devote a minimum of 18 hours a week toward her goal. She has to complete written and multiple choice tests every month. She is preparing for the baby bar. That is a mini version of the regular bar. The baby bar is required when studying law the way Kim is doing.

Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson
Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson | Source

Without having a law degree, Kim has already impressed the country by being very instrumental in helping Alice Marie Johnson get out of prison. The 63-year-old grandmother was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a nonviolent drug offense. She had been convicted on federal drug and money laundering charges even though she had pleaded not guilty.

Kim met with President Donald Trump and his staff in the White House on May 20, 2018, in reference to sentencing and prison reform. She pleaded the case for Johnson. The result of Kim's visit to the Oval Office was very successful.

Johnson was granted clemency and released from jail after spending almost 22 years of her life sentence. Before Kim intervened, the grandmother thought she would never see the light of day again. However, she was released from prison in June 2018 after Kim met with President Trump only once.

Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West | Source

No Undergraduate Degree

Usually, a person has to spend four years getting an undergraduate degree before spending another three years in law school. However, Kim can be exempt from that. She is not being given any special privileges because of her celebrity status. This procedure is available to her because she lives in a state where a person can take the bar exam without having attended law school. The ruling also applies to people who live in California, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington.

In other states, the process is much different that includes the following steps.

  • Must complete a Bachelor's Degree Program
  • Required to pass the Law School Admission Test
  • Must complete an application
  • Earn a Juris Doctor Degree
  • Must pass the Bar Examination

The 38-year-old reality star admits that some people will be skeptical of what she is doing. However, that is not stopping her. She intends to study hard so will be prepared to take the bar examination in 2022.

Famous People Who Failed the Bar Exam

Passing the bar is not easy. Some of the smartest people had to take the bar several times. Some of them never passed it and gave up on becoming a lawyer after having spent so much time in school.

It doesn't matter which law school people attend, 21 percent of all who take it fail the first time. Yale has a 5.5 percent fail rate. Berkeley's fail rate more than double that at 12.5 percent. Georgetown has a 10 percent fail rate.

Here are some famous people who failed the bar exam the first time they took it.

  • Hillary Clinton failed it on her first try.
  • Michelle Obama failed it the first time she took it.
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. took it three times before he passed it.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt never passed the bar.
  • Former New York Mayor Ed Koch never passed the exam.
  • Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network never passed the exam.

Kim Kardashian working with two attorneys as an apprentice
Kim Kardashian working with two attorneys as an apprentice | Source

Kim Has First Job Offer as a Lawyer

Robert Shapiro, who worked with Robert Kardashian defending O.J. Simpson, told TMZ that Kim has what it takes to become a successful lawyer like her father. He believes in her so much that he has already offered her a position in his law firm after she passes the bar.

Shapiro says that Kim has already done some important work with no experience. He believes she will be able to do a lot more once she passes the bar. She is an apprentice with attorneys Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney.

Reactions to Kim's Announcement

Kim spoke out last Monday and revealed some of the nasty and negative comments people posted on social media after the news came out that she is studying to become a lawyer so she will be equipped to continue her criminal justice reform work.

The television personality said one person told her to "stay in her lane." Kim responded by saying you can create your own lanes. She emphasized that she is during the work and does not expect anything to be given to her. She said she spends time away from her three kids while she studies. She also said she has disconnected from some of her friends so she can follow her dream.


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