Inside Kim Kardashian's journey to becoming a lawyer from fighting for death row inmates' freedom to taking the bar exam

KIM Kardashian West's dad was once the most famous lawyer in America – but Kim could be about to take that title for herself.

The 40-year-old star has been studying law for years and fans now think she may have taken a big step towards becoming a qualified lawyer because of a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.


In the first episode of the final series, mum-of-four Kim discussed her anxiety about taking the "baby bar" exam which her father Robert passed on his first attempt.

She says she has to study ten-and-a-half hours a day and described the test itself as "really nerve-wracking" as only 20 per cent of people pass.

The seven-hour quiz is mix of four one-hour essays followed by 300 multiple choice questions – and it's a crucial step on her path to becoming a lawyer.

But this is just the latest development in Kim's stunning foray into the US justice system – after freeing prisoners and fighting for people on death row.

'She deserves a second chance'

Kim's first fight for justice was slightly different to that of most lawyers – as it took place one on one with the president.

In 2018, she teamed up with Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to lobby for the release of Alice Marie Johnson.

Alice had been sentenced to life without parole in 1996 for her role in a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring in Tennessee.

Kim saw a video about the great-grandmother's case and was outraged at the severity of her sentencing for a first-time, non-violent drug offence.

"She's spent over two decades behind bars," Kim told Mic, the outlet where she learned about Alice's plight.

"I think that she really deserves a second chance at life."


After Kim spoke with Trump about her case in the Oval Office in May 2018, Trump decided to commute Alice's sentence the following month.

Some were surprised at his decision given his previous advocacy for executing drug dealers.

"While this administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance," the White House wrote in a statement about the commutation.

"BEST NEWS EVER!!!!" Kim tweeted at the time.

A year later, Kim also helped to free Momolu Stewart, who'd fatally a shot a man as a 16-year-old and had been sentenced to life.

'Love' from death row

After her success freeing Alice and Momolu, she tried to lobby Trump on another case during his final days in office.

Aged 18, Brandon Bernard was involved in the killing of couple Todd and Stacie Bagley – they were forced into the boot of their car during a robbery and were shot.

Brandon didn't pull the trigger, but was sentenced to die for his role in the crime, along with the gunman who was also executed.

Kim tried to get Brandon's sentence reduced to life without parole, citing his age at the time of the crime and the fact that the prosecutor at his trial now supported clemency.

On December 10, he was given the lethal injection.

"I’m so messed up right now," Kim tweeted following news of Brandon's execution.

"They killed Brandon. He was such a reformed person. So hopeful and positive until the end.

"More importantly he is sorry, so sorry for the hurt and pain he has caused others."

She also said his attorney called her as Brandon was strapped in the chair awaiting death to say: "Brandon said he loves you and wants to say thank you again.

"He said he doesn’t feel too claustrophobic in the chair."

Like father, like daughter

As well as directly lobbying Trump, Kim shocked fans when she revealed she was actually training to become a lawyer.

Some fans were inspired by following in her father's footsteps, who was famed for defending OJ Simpson during his murder trial.

But some critics cruelly told Kim she should "stay in her lane".

"I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals," she wrote on Instagram in response to her detractors.

"You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are."

Her path to becoming a qualified lawyer is extremely unusual.

Instead of going to law school like the overwhelming majority of legal trainees in the states, Kim is taking part in a four-year legal apprenticeship.

There's only four states which allow attorneys to take the bar exam without going to law school, and California Bar Exam which she'll eventually take is notorious for being one of the hardest in the country.

In the US, you need to pass the bar exam is the test you need to pass in order to become a practicing lawyer in a given jurisdiction in the US.

The exam takes place over two days and can assess an applicant's knowledge of 13 different areas of the law, without the applicant knowing which subjects are going to come up.

Kim plans to take the gruelling test in 2022, with some fans suspecting she'd already passed the precursor "baby bar" test at the end of her first year of training.

Reddit users believe Kim may have already passed after mum Kris posted legal-themed cookies on her Instagram account in 2020.

Lawyering up… for different reasons

With her final exam date coming after Keeping Up With The Kardashians wrapped on its final series, fans won't find out if she passes the bar exam on the show.

But Kim will undoubtedly keep fans posted on her social media accounts – and she's not been shy about her ambitions for her legal career.

"Abolishing the death penalty is, like, so high up my list," she said during an interview with Vogue.

Until she passes the bar, Kim will be needing lawyers of her own to sort out her divorce from Kanye West.

They married in 2014 but officially filed for divorce in February, teeing up one of the most high profile celebrity splits in the US.

Kim cited "irreconcilable differences" in the papers, and a pre-nuptial agreement was reportedly in place to handle the pair's $2billion fortune.

While KUTWK viewers won't get to see Kim passing the bar, they might get an insight into her split from Kanye in the finale of this last series.

"I have had a very good relationship with Kanye," Access Hollywood. "I wish them both nothing but the best. But, as far as speaking about that, that is their story to tell, not mine.

"And I think you might learn some things in the final episode, I wouldn’t be surprised – although I haven’t seen the show, but I do remember shooting scenes.

"And yeah, I think it should be pretty interesting.”

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