"For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it's not," Kim Kardashian West insists
In a lengthy Instagram post Monday, the soon-to-be mother of four shut down trolls pointing out that she doesn’t have a college degree.
“Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law,” she began. “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.”
Kardashian West, 38, revealed her career aspirations in a recent interview with Vogue, announcing that she decided last summer to begin a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, with the goal of taking the bar in 2022.
Though she did attend Pierce College in Los Angeles for some time, she never graduated. However, California, as well as three other U.S. states, offer another path to passing the bar by “reading the law,” or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer or judge. If Kardashian West passes the “baby bar” this summer, she will be given the okay to continue for three more years of study.
“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,” Kardashian West wrote on Instagram. “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,” she added. “Everyone can take this route if you live in a state where this is allowed.”
“It’s true I did not finish college,” she acknowledged. “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.”
Kardashian West admitted to feeling “overwhelmed” at times but said she gets “the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me.” And as for anyone who doesn’t believe she’s truly committed to her goal?
“I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine,” she said. “It’s never too late to follow your dreams.”
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also took a moment to thank author and CNN commentator Van Jones. She has been working with Jones and attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform, for months, visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House.
In addition to Jackson, Kardashian West is being mentored by Erin Haney, #cut50’s policy director and a death-row attorney whose father was a psychologist and prison reformer.
“I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson,” Kardashian West wrote. “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.”
Kardashian West’s sisters showered her with support.
“I couldn’t be more proud of you, sister,” commented Kourtney Kardashian, 39.
“I am so proud of you Keeks,” added Khloé Kardashian, 34.
Speaking to Vogue, Kardashian West said in her first year of study, she’s been covering three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts.
“To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and criminal law I can do in my sleep,” she said. “Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me.”
“The reading is what really gets me,” she admitted. “It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds.”
She also said she doesn’t pay attention to negative comments and actually loves to be underestimated.
“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.”