02:04 - Source: CNN
Kim Kardashian: This was bigger than politics
CNN  — 

Kim Kardashian West, Esquire? Don’t laugh. It’s happening.

The reality TV star, model and Instagram influencer wants to become a lawyer, and she announced in a recent Vogue magazine interview that she’s completing a four-year apprenticeship with a San Francisco law firm so she can take the California bar exam in 2022. (California is one of four states that allows someone an alternate method to take the bar exam other than attending law school.)

Earlier this week she offered up more details on her studies to her millions of social media followers.

“For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required; I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly,” she wrote in a post shared to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way.”

She described weekends spent away from her husband, rapper Kanye West, and their children while she studies and reads. Kardashian West said she changed her number last year and “disconnected from everyone” to make her legal dream come true. She brushed off comments that she was just another rich celeb using her wealth and fame to gain access to something others wouldn’t be able to.

“One person actually said I should ‘stay in my lane.’ I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals,” she wrote. “You can create your own lanes, just as I am.”

She’s advocating for criminal justice reform

Kardashian West played a key role in the June 2018 release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who served 21 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug charge.

The celebrity met with President Trump in the Oval Office last May after she first reached out to Trump’s daughter Ivanka to help set up the meeting. A week later, Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence.

It was during this time that Kardashian West began to feel she needed to learn more about the law to be a better advocate for non-violent offenders and to help out in the effort to reform the criminal justice system.

Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump in May 2018 to discuss prison reform.

“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” she told Vogue, “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, s***. I need to know more.’”

Since then, Kardashian has been working with lawyers and activists, including CNN commentator Van Jones, on a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal justice reform.

All of this becomes less surprising when you consider that Kardashian West has a very direct link to the legal world. Her father was the late Robert Kardashian, who gained his own fame over 20 years ago as an attorney on O.J. Simpson’s defense team during the former football star’s murder trial.

She told Vogue she understands that people underestimate her because she’s mostly known as a reality TV celebrity, but she doesn’t worry about that anymore.

“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,” she said, “because I can guarantee they will have a different opinion and understand what’s important to me after they’ve met me.”

CNN’s Kendall Trammell contributed to this report.