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Why Kim Kardashian's Move From Reality TV to Law is a Big Deal

Why Kim Kardashian's Move From Reality TV to Law is a Big Deal

Kim Kardashian has had an extremely successful reality star career since the launch of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" in 2007. However, recently she's hinted at wanting a break from fame to focus on legal career pursuits instead. Kardashian recently stated at the 2023 Time100 Summit that she is working towards becoming an attorney, with criminal justice reform as her goal in life. 1. She Wants to Help People Kim Kardashian has long been one of the most visible figures on reality TV, thanks to her family show Keeping Up With the Kardashians and spinoffs. California native Kim has used this platform to advocate for criminal justice reform through these platforms. She first became engaged with criminal justice reform efforts in 2017 when she learned about Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for drug offense and was denied clemency from then-President Barack Obama. After meeting Johnson herself, she advocated on her behalf and met with former President Donald Trump to present her case before eventually meeting with former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter herself and appealing her case directly. Kardashian remains committed to helping free those wrongfully charged with crimes they did not commit, according to Entertainment Tonight. She recently made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss prison reform and discussed her next goal - getting those currently incarcerated into employment post-prison. She's been an invaluable advocate for Alice Marie Johnson since 2018, when her story inspired her to start advocating on their behalf and has not stopped since then. Poppy Harlow made her statement at the 2023 Time 100 Summit to Poppy Harlow that she would strongly consider leaving reality television behind to pursue law full time, telling the anchor she already passed her baby bar exam for California and human rights attorneys Jessica Jackson and Erin Harley are providing her guidance as future mentors. Though she enjoys her current position, the makeup mogul wants to make an impactful difference in her community by helping people secure jobs after being released from jail. According to her, there's often been an associated stigma when hiring those who have been previously imprisoned and this stigma needs to change. Alongside improving how incarcerated people are treated, she aims to get the government to reduce sentences for certain crimes - specifically drug possession cases that incur life sentences. 2. She Wants to Be a Better Person Kim Kardashian anticipated that her announcement that she was studying law would cause some backlash when she made it public, given that she spent 12 years as part of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spinoffs, using their fame and notoriety to build an empire with various business ventures. Though she may appear at first to be somewhat indecisive, it's evident that Kardashian wants to make an impactful difference in the world. Over the past several years she has devoted much of her energy and resources to prison reform and other social justice causes; including visiting the White House to advocate for inmates seeking clemency as well as campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Kardashian has also been vocal about her personal views regarding criminal justice reform. Recently, she shared her experience working to secure Alice Marie Johnson's release from prison after her conviction for drug trafficking was upheld and sent into incarceration. According to Kardashian, this work has been both eye-opening and life-altering in multiple ways. Vogue reported in its May issue that Kardashian is making law her career choice, taking steps such as passing California's "baby bar" examination - an intensive one-day test covering various legal subjects - before taking the actual bar exam in February. Baby bar exams are relatively straightforward steps on the path to becoming a licensed attorney, and pass rate from "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" alumni has proven they are on their way. She passed her exam after four attempts and hopes to continue studying law. Kardashian West has taken advantage of an apprenticeship legal education program, in which she works under the supervision of a lawyer at an office under their tutelage. This process dates back centuries - both Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson underwent this path! Entrepreneur Kim Kardashian West, who has amassed billions in business ventures, recently made headlines when she announced her intention to pursue law as a career. At TIME 100 Summit she revealed to Poppy Harlow that she could see herself forgoing reality television in order to focus on law as her passion. In an interview with Poppy Harlow at TIME 100 Summit she indicated her plans. Kim told Poppy Harlow at TIME 100 Summit she could see herself leaving reality television behind to pursue this profession and focus on criminal justice reform through law practice and career. 3. She Wants to Make a Difference Kim Kardashian has propelled herself into global fame through reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians and spinoffs, but she wants to do more. At 42 years old, the 42-year-old entrepreneur recently shared that she would gladly abandon business ventures for full-time legal work if possible. Kardashian began working toward criminal justice reform after hearing of Alice Marie Johnson, an individual imprisoned for providing communications related to drug trafficking cases and who wasn't included on a list of 231 people granted clemency by then-President Barack Obama; Kardashian called this decision unfair and set out on her path of criminal justice reform reform. Once Johnson was freed, Kardashian continued advocating on his behalf and even filed a petition for temporary release for one man whose daughter had been killed in a school shooting. As she became increasingly involved with criminal justice reform movements, Kim's passion prompted a desire to become a lawyer. She registered with the California Bar in 2018, and has been studying 18 hours a week. Her hard work paid off: she passed the first-year law students' examination ("baby bar") in December 2021 and is preparing to take the actual bar exam in February - making her eligible to practice law as a licensed attorney. A reporter asked Kardashian if she would be content to give up living her "normal life" and become an attorney instead. Her answer: yes. She explained how her efforts in criminal justice reform has enabled her to grow as an individual while opening her eyes up to some of our system's inequities. Kardashian stands a chance of passing the bar exam and, should she do so successfully, will be able to help those in need while altering our justice system for good. It's an inspiring feat in herself and she deserves praise for taking this important step in her life journey. Atty. Kim believes strongly in making an impactful difference in our world, setting an inspiring example to us all to follow her lead and seek to do just that - whether through law or another profession. Her motivation to better our planet for all should serve as motivation enough for all of us to make change for good is admirable. 4. She Wants to Give Back While the Kardashian-Jenner family may be known for its wealth and celebrity, they also make waves for their charitable giving efforts. Each member strives to make an impactful contribution through charity donations or their own personal development. Kim Kardashian West of Keeping Up with the Kardashians fame is no stranger to charitable work and is an advocate for social justice and criminal justice reform. Through her donations to organizations that fight for access to water and food sources, among other issues, she has helped reduce global poverty through donations made possible by her efforts. Kylie cosmetics donated proceeds from its birthday collection to Smile Train charity and worked alongside Ellen DeGeneres to increase awareness about AIDS. In addition, she serves as spokesperson for Charity: Water's funding of water projects worldwide that are sustainable. Kim Kardashian West is an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform and gun control laws. She successfully secured Alice Marie Johnson's release after serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offense and continues to advocate on their behalf, among others who may have been wrongly imprisoned. Khloe Kardashian and Kim have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Los Angeles homeless by recruiting experts to educate themselves on this issue, and have raised over a $1 Million for Union Rescue Mission. Kim Kardashian's pursuit of her dreams to become a lawyer has allowed her to make an incredible difference through philanthropy. She helped fight for Alice Marie Johnson's clemency and recently passed California's first-year law student exam, known as "baby bar". At the Time100 Summit, Kim Kardashian revealed that she would gladly leave reality television behind and pursue law full time as an avocation. She cited as an inspiration her late father Robert Kardashian who helped secure O.J. Simpson's acquittal during his 1995 murder trial.

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