The wrath of Kim Kardash(ian)

Malcia Greene, entertainment editor

While some lead with an eye roll and scoff upon hearing the so-called, scripted reality television stars, ‘The Kardashians,’ others find themselves keeping up with them far more than they may admit. One Kardashian in particular, Kim Kardashian West, is one of the most recognized figures as a beauty influencer, selfie-taker and internet breaker. Despite the endless ridicule she claims to face from the press, her fans are quick to defend the empire she has built.

Kardashian West, 38, recently announced on Instagram that she registered for the State Bar of California, in hopes of practicing law in four years. Kardashian West touched on aspects such as the tests she must take weekly, and the new routine her lifestyle will adapt to while dismissing comments in regards to her privilege.

Although Kardashian West did not finish attending Pierce College, she did take part in a course called ‘Reading the Law’ which is an in-office law school requiring students to have completed sixty hours; she completed seventy-five.

The Bar Exam is an exam that law students in the United States must take in order to practice law. This test may take up to two or three days, and is comprised of two sections: one multiple choice section and the Multistate Bar Examination itself (MBE). According to Kardashian West, she explains that to prepare, she must study for a minimum of 18 hours weekly. She takes practice versions of the exam individually, known as the baby bar (better known as a mini version of the bar) and writing practice essays, such as the Torts exam.

California is one of four states in the United States that does not require applicants registering for the Bar Exam to have previously gone through law school. Although this may seem like an advantage, according to The State Bar of California, the pass rate of all applicants taking the General Bar Exam is a mere 40.7 percent. The Wall Street Journal illustrates that California’s numbers are significantly lower compared to other states such as New York and Oklahoma, both which range in the upper 80th percentile for pass rates.

Kardashian West’s immense passion for law first originated recently, in 2018. While advocating for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman from Alabama who had been imprisoned for six nonviolent drug charges since 1996, and whose case she learned about via social media. Kardashian West worked with President Donald Trump to grant Johnson clemency, cutting her sentence from life in prison down to twenty one years.

Over the thousands of comments she received on her Instagram post, several fans also showed signs of question. Some comments congratulated Kardashian West for pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, while others criticized her qualifications for doing so. However, Kardashian West was quick to respond.

“I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals,” Kardashian West said. “You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are.””

Kardashian West says that despite feeling overwhelmed at times—juggling both the duties entangled in motherhood alongside studying for law tests—she highlights the importance of supportive mentors throughout the process. One role model in particular she thanked was Van Jones, one non-practicing attorney and founder of several nonprofit organizations, including the Dream Corps, a social justice empowerment system that operates minority advocacy initiatives.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Robert Kardashian (defense attorney of the infamous O. J. Simpson case), Kardashian West hopes for nothing more than to continue his legacy and sanction justice for the well-being of others.