Kim Kardashian’s star power is almost unparalleled. In Hollywood and beyond, few people have the same amount of influence as she and her family do – and now, she’s looking to embark on an entirely new career. Kim, who appears on the cover of this week’s Vogue, is studying to become a lawyer. She told the magazine she’s doing a four-year apprenticeship at a San Francisco firm and plans to take the bar exam in 2022.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” Kim told Vogue about her huge decision. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who is married to Kanye West, says it was spurred by her advocacy for Alice Marie Johnson, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking in 1996. Kim and Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, met with Donald to advocate for Alice’s release in 2018. Trump commuted Alice’s sentence, since she had exhibited good behaviour in prison and was being incarcerated for a non-violent offence.
“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… I need to know more.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30 May 2018
Kim told Vogue the experience taught her a lot, as did the work she had been doing before visiting the White House. She said she’d been working on prison reform issues for several months prior to meeting with Donald. “I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she continued.
Kris Jenner, Kim’s mother, told Vogue she found the change unexpected and said it surprised her. But the magazine also points out the late Robert Kardashian, Kim’s father, was a lawyer who became famous when he defended O.J. Simpson. “When you find something that you’re passionate about, it’s not difficult; you don’t have to think about it – it just happens,” Kris told Vogue.
As for Kim, she said she’s not worried about people who might react to her news with negativity, and says she’s ready to show people what she can do and the even bigger difference she can make. “I love to be put in a situation where I can have a conversation with someone who might not be inclined to think much of me, because I can guarantee they will have a different opinion and understand what’s important to me after they’ve met me,” she said.