Kim Kardashian is not to be underestimated. That now comes confirmed from the lawyer helping the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star study for a legal career.
April 10 marked the KKW Beauty founder’s major legal announcement – Kim’s Vogue interview revealed this mogul’s “goal” of passing the bar in 2022. The news was followed by an Instagram picture (below) appearing to show Kim preparing for the California State Bar.
On April 30, Refinery29 profiled human rights attorney Jessica Jackson. Jessica is “mentoring” Kim as she undertakes her legal studies. The media outlet quotes Jackson regarding Kim.
“I would say never underestimate Kim Kardashian West. In all her business ventures, she’s been successful. I have no reason to believe her commitment to criminal justice reform will be any different.”
Jessica added that Kim’s involvement in helping grant clemency to formerly incarcerated Alice Marie Johnson had “awakened something in [Kim] – something that resonates with her father’s career as a lawyer.” In December 2018, The Washington Post covered this high-profile case. Kim had been made aware that a 63-year-old Johnson was serving a life sentence without parole for “federal drug and money laundering charges.” Appearing to be moved by Johnson’s case, Kim met with President Donald Trump to aid in this woman’s release. It was successful.
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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 ✨⚖️
Refinery29 asked Jackson for her thoughts on working with Kim.
“Like everyone on the #Cut50 team, Kim cares deeply about people who are negatively impacted by incarceration.”
Jackson added that Kim has spent time “meeting with people living inside prisons,” alongside “meeting with formerly incarcerated people, crafting policy, and working on individual cases, while also learning more about the law.” Jackson is “proud of the work [Kim]’s doing.”
A warning not to be underestimated has been seen before from Kim. Back in 2010, Forbes was quoting the reality face with what remains one of her most-known quotes to date.
“I love when people underestimate me and then become pleasantly surprised.”
Admittedly, underestimating Kim appears to be exactly what the world has done. Keeping Up With the Kardashians started airing in 2009. It showed a set of seemingly shallow, self-obsessed sisters whose lives seemed to revolve around emptying Louis Vuitton and fussing over their appearance. Ten years later, the Kardashians are power figures with multi-million-dollar businesses, a grip on social media influencing, and little to suggest they lack entrepreneurial skill-sets. Kim has taken her iconic selfies and turned them into a book, Selfish. In 2018, The Evening Standard reported Kim “making $5 million in five minutes” from her new fragrance line.
The world now has it on good authority. Kim Kardashian should “never” be underestimated.