Last month, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West revealed to Vogue that she’s currently studying to be a lawyer to enforce criminal justice reform. Since then, Kim and her legal team have gone to all legal measures to release Americans who have been wronged by the Justice System. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has accomplished incredible work and has already helped 17 prisoners- each of whom have served years of life sentences without parole for low-level drug offenses. Kim has consistently been working with her lawyer, Brittany K. Barnett, in partnership with lawyer MiAngel Cody of The Decarceration Collective.
With Kim’s first few successful cases, Oxygen has given the green-light to create a two-hour documentary, which will allow fans to get a closer look at Mrs. West’s legal work. The documentary will capture all of Kim’s efforts to advocate for Americans who have been unfairly sentenced.
Here is what Kim had to say regarding her decision to begin her new venture within study of law.
“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 ✨⚖️“