Kim Kardashian-West has said she is studying to become a criminal justice lawyer and is planning to take her exams in 2022.
The reality star began a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer, around the time she played a role in the release from prison of Alice Marie Johnson.
The 63-year-old had been in an Alabama prison on a non-violent drug charge since 1996 and Kardashian West visited Donald Trump in the White House to argue her case. The president eventually granted Johnson clemency.
Kardashian West is studying to be a lawyer, but not attending law school, despite Kanye West previously saying she was: “California is one of a handful of states that allows people to take the bar without a college or law school degree.”
Discussing her decision to venture into a law career, she told US Vogue: “I had to think long and hard about this.
“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency 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.”
Kardashian West’s interest in the law will see her follow in the footsteps of her father Robert Kardashian, who was a member of OJ Simpson’s defense team.
By Damilola Faustino