While the world is still freaking out about Kim K’s beaded, Sophia Loren-inspired Met Gala look (and, perhaps even more so, her blue latex after-party ensemble), we all nearly missed this unforeseen new development.
US TV channel Oxygen, home to many an engrossing true crime show, have given the go-ahead to the production of a two-hour documentary that will, according to the network’s website, document Kim’s “efforts to secure freedom for Americans who she believes have been wronged by the justice system”. The new show is set to be “an exclusive, never-before-seen look inside her mission to tackle one of America's most controversial subjects.”
Last June, the lawyer-to-be met made headlines when she met with President Trump at the White House to discuss criminal justice reform, and, specifically, pardoning 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, an inmate since 1996. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star had her request granted, as Johnson’s sentence was commuted in a matter of days.
The former Harper's BAZAAR Arabia cover star announced earlier this year that she had registered with the California State Bar and was studying to become a lawyer. Wanting to use her platform and global renown to give a voice to the voiceless, right wrongs and bring about systemic change, she declared that she was prepared for the hard work in store and hoped to pass the bar as early as in 2022.
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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
It’s also just come to light that whilst juggling 18 hours of weekly study with her family commitments and life as a beauty mogul and arguably the world’s most recognised reality TV star, Kim has had a hand in freeing 17 prisoners during the past three months. This is reportedly due to her involvement in the ‘90 Days of Freedom’ campaign, launched by her own lawyer, Brittany K. Barnet, towards which Kim dedicated her own financial resources.
The aspiring attorney is following in her father’s footsteps. Robert Kardashian was one of the lawyers defending OJ Simpson in the historic ‘90s trial. On the latest episode of KUWTK, Kim addressed her and her father’s shared passion for law. “I remember in the OJ case, I would go be going through it and Kourtney would yell at me: “Stop going through all of Dad’s stuff!” She was so upset, but I think he would be really proud of me.” She even hinted that we might not be seeing her on our screens for much longer: “My dad always taught me that hard work is really important and to really commit to things, so my goal would be in like, 10 years, to give up being Kim K and just focus on this and be an attorney and fight for so many deserving people.”
We can hardly Keep Up With this Kardashian...but we’re so here for her latest endeavour!
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