When Kim Kardashian announced she was studying to become a lawyer in an interview with Vogue Magazine, I was immediately impressed and elated. That might surprise some, given my love/hate relationship with the Kardashians and the fact that I myself am a licensed attorney. In the past, I’ve taken issue with some of their business choices, particularly the alleged copy of other independant designers for their own product lines and their hawking of ridiculous products on Instagram. That being said, I take absolutely no issue with Kim Kardashian studying to become a lawyer. In fact, I embrace it.
Though Sunny Hostin (‘The View’) and many others called Kardashian’s move a “shortcut,” I disagree. And if it is a shortcut, that shortcut should exist. The legal profession is flooded with unaffordable fees, insurmountable student loan debt, and a completely inaccessible, elistist club that often excludes key members of our society. Each and every member of our society should have the access to become an attorney provided they are able to pass the tests associated with it. Many cannot afford an undergraduate degree and the financial strain imposed by three additional years of school. I realize that Kim Kardashian can in fact afford it, but that is not the point. If she breaks down the doors to allow more access for disenfranchised members of our population to pursue a law degree, I’m all for it. At the end of this, she will either pass the bar or she won’t.
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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 ✨