What do Abraham Lincoln and Kim Kardashian have in common?
Apparently, Kim Kardashian is studying to become a criminal justice lawyer and she’s doing it without going to law school, like Abraham Lincoln. In her recent Vogue cover, Kim Kardashian-West shared that she’s planning on taking the 2022 bar exams in California. As of the moment she’s been under a 4-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco since the summer of 2018. It’s a little surprising only due to the fact that she’s Kim Kardashian but it should be known that the businesswoman-slash-reality-TV-star has been involved with the law lately—in a positive way, of course. She’s helped Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother serving a life sentence for drug trafficking.
In June of 2018 (apparently around the same time she begins her apprenticeship), Kim K. met with Donald Trump to reduce the prison sentence of Johnson. The White House later announced that they did so and Kim expressed that she’s looking forward to having them grant her clemency.
Now, Kim has been following the footsteps of her father Robert Kardashian who was a part of the OJ Simpson Defence Team. “On the weekends they used our home as an office, with Johnnie Cochran and Bob Shapiro,” Kim shares. “My dad had a library, and when you pushed on this wall there was this whole hidden closet room, with all of his OJ evidence books. On weekends I would always snoop and look through. I was really nosy about the forensics.”
“First year of law school, you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts,” she continues. “To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crim law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me. The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds.”
Kim is being mentored by Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney, helping her log her required 18 hours of weekly supervised study. After the apprenticeship, she’s will take the “baby bar” in 2022 which if passed allows her 3 more months of studying. Apparently, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson (to name a few) have all become lawyers through the same process of apprenticeship. This can only be done in four states in the US—California, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.