In a recent Vogue interview, Kim Kardashian revealed that she is studying to become a lawyer; predictably, the internet’s head exploded. So now she is taking to her favorite mode of communication—Instagram—to explain her approach.
First of all, she’s not going the law school route. Instead, as is possible in California, she plans to become a lawyer without a law degree by doing a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm. She’s got a gig at one in San Fran, she explains in the caption to an Instagram snap of herself studying with two mentors, Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney. They are staring intently at a computer screen, surrounded by a book on torts and what look like practice tests.
“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,” Kim explained in her Instagram caption. “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.”
While she never graduated from college, in California that is not required. “I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or money that got me here, but that’s not the case,” she wrote. “The state bar doesn’t care who you are. Everyone can take this route if you live in a state where this is allowed. 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,” she explained. “I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. 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.”
She closed asking for luck for her next assignment: “a big torts essay due on negligence.”