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Kim Kardashian West Plans to Take the Bar in 2022

She wants to become a lawyer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2019 3:42 PM CDT
In this Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, Kim Kardashian West attends "The Cher Show" Broadway musical opening night at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Kim Kardashian West still makes headlines for things like posing in a skimpy leotard, but she's also been making headlines for her work as an advocate for criminal justice reform: She was a big part of the push that got Cyntoia Brown granted clemency, helped convince President Trump to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, and paid years of rent for another nonviolent offender who was recently released after federal sentencing reforms took effect. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the reality star reveals to Vogue, in a new cover story, that she plans to take California's bar exam in 2022. The state, as it turns out, is one of just four to offer a path to passing the bar that doesn't require a college degree: You can apprentice for four years with a practicing lawyer or judge, which Kardashian West is currently doing.

This summer, after her first year ends, she'll take the state's so-called "baby bar." If she passes that, she'll be approved to continue her studies for three more years before taking the bar. She's been working with the co-founders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group for criminal justice reform, attending White House meetings with them, visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and the like. Can't picture Kardashian West as a lawyer? The Vogue piece includes CNN commentator and activist Van Jones explaining, among other things, how "I watched Kim Kardashian unleash the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I've ever seen in American politics" during her meeting with Trump about Johnson. It also includes Kris Jenner's reaction to her daughter's decision, why Khloe and Kourtney think she'll make a great lawyer, and husband Kanye's six-word reaction to the whole thing. It's definitely worth a read. (Read more Kim Kardashian stories.)

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