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By Kayla Kibbe / April 11, 2019

Kim Kardashian West is Studying to Become a Lawyer

The reality star is taking her career in an entirely new direction

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Kim Kardashian has helped 17 people go free. (Getty)
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From beauty mogul to reality TV queen, Kim Kardashian West has donned a number of hats over the years. Now, the star is preparing to add yet another entry to her crowded resume.

In a recent Vogue interview, Kardashian West revealed that she is studying to become a lawyer. The magazine’s May cover star opened up about her new career path for the first time since deciding to begin a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer. The star plans to take the bar in 2022.

“I had to think long and hard about this,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star told Vogue of her decision to embark on a career shift she “knew would be met with an eye roll for the ages.”

Ultimately, Kardashian West chalked the decision up to a desire to educate herself in the wake of her increasing involvement in the legal and political spheres.

Last summer, the star made headlines for her role in the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who had been held in an Alabama prison on non-violent drug charges since 1996. After learning about Johnson’s case through social media, Kardashian West petitioned Donald Trump to commute Johnson’s life sentence.

Since then, the reality star turned activist has continued her political justice reform efforts, working with author and CNN commentator Van Jones and attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group.

“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” Kardashian West 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.”

The star, who didn’t finish college, will pass the bar by “reading the law,” an alternative path offered by a few U.S. states, including Kardashian West’s native California.

After one year of apprenticing with a practicing lawyer, Kardashian-West will reportedly take the state-administered “baby bar,” before moving on to three more years of study.

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