If You’re Sh*tting on Kim Kardashian for Studying to Be a Lawyer, You’re the Problem

Last week, in maybe the most shocking Kardashian plot twist yet, Kim Kardashian announced via a Vogue interview that she’s in the process of studying to become a lawyer and wants to take the bar exam in 2022. Needless to say, the internet was absolutely shook by the revelation.

I know what you’re thinking: “Y tho?” Basically, Kim explained that by working to free Alice Marie Johnson last year, she realized she can make a big difference, but she wants to learn more so she can contribute in a bigger way.

Kim chose to pursue a law career through a “reading the law” exception in California, which states that even if you didn’t finish your undergrad degree, you can study for the bar through a four-year apprenticeship at a law firm. For the past year, Kim’s been studying 18 hours a week with two legal mentors to help prepare. FYI, Abraham Lincoln started his career the same way.

Naturally, the internet had plenty to say about that decision. People accused Kim of only being able to do this because of her privilege, said she was making a mockery of the legal system, argued she wouldn’t be a good lawyer because she’d cry too much, and generally told her to “stay in her lane.”

So Kim, who isn’t one to stay silent on things like this, just posted a lengthy Instagram caption eloquently clapping back at those haters. “I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am,” she wrote.

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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. 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. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. 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. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️

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And she raises a damn good point. As women, shouldn’t we be allowed to try new things, realize we love those things, and then get to pursue those interests further without fear of judgment from others? I was under the impression that the whole point of feminism was that every woman had choices. Kim is exercising her right to choose her own path and live her own life. Shouldn’t we be applauding her for that?

It’s worth remembering that Kim’s net worth is estimated to be about $350 million. The woman is set for life, and she definitely doesn’t need an attorney’s salary to keep a roof over her head, which means she’s doing this because she actually wants to.

You could even argue it hurts the brand she’s worked hard to create, because her studies will allow less time for things like hours-long Vogue photo shoots. She’s making a hard pivot from a very comfortable existence as one of the most famous women in the world, and that’s powerful.

It was also pretty powerful when she heard Alice Marie Johnson’s story, realized she could help, and then actually did it. At the time, people were quick to tell her that it was her responsibility to educate herself on prison-reform issues before throwing herself into the middle of such a high-profile situation, which is reasonable criticism.

The issue is that it seems like the people who told her to educate herself nearly a year ago are the same people who are hating on her decision to actually do it. To those people, I would respectfully ask, WYD???

Since the dawn of Kardashian time, people have said the family is shallow, materialistic, and vapid. Just two weeks ago, Khloé got major flack for posting a picture of True with all her Birkin bags (that she presumably paid for with money she earned, TYVM). But isn’t what Kim is doing literally the opposite of that? She’s pursuing a line of work she doesn’t even need to because she thinks it’ll make her better at helping people. I’m sure everyone criticizing her on social media has made a similar choice at some point in their lives….

So if you, like many other people on the internet, still think Kim isn’t smart enough/educated enough/intellectual enough/whatever enough to study the law, you should probably take a look in the mirror and ask why you feel that way. As for Kim? She’ll be busy working on that torts paper.

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