Can Kim Kardashian Be a Real Lawyer Without a Degree?

Have you heard the news? Kim Kardashian has just been appointed to the Supreme Court! Okay, not quite. But judging by the reactions of some to the reality star’s latest revelation, she might as well have been. The 38-year-old mother of three and queen of reality TV recently revealed that she is going to be a lawyer, despite never having finished college. So, it begs to question: Can you become a lawyer without going to law school?

Why does Kim Kardashian want to become a lawyer?

Kardashian recently told Vogue that she never in a million years thought she would go to law school. However, a recent experience made her become passionate about the law and look into what it would take to become a lawyer. Last year she spent a lot of time and energy fighting to get Alice Marie Johnson released from prison. Johnson spent over 20 years in jail for a non-violent drug charge. Kardashian famously visited the White House and talked to the president about Johnson’s release.

Kardashian says the experience made her satisfied with a good outcome and also made her feel out of her depth. She began to become increasingly involved with prison reform, including offering to pay rent for a recently released inmate.

The decision to become a lawyer did not come easy. After all, Kardashian has a successful media empire, numerous endorsements, and three kids at home. She says she had to think long and hard about the decision, but ultimately felt that she could do so much.

According to California law, Kardashian can skip law school

California does not require residents to attend law school to sit for the state bar, which is the test needed to become a lawyer. In fact, Virginia, Washington, and Vermont all allow residents to skip law school as well. Maine, New York, and Wyoming don’t require a law degree either, but they do require some law school before sitting for the bar.

How can someone be qualified to become a lawyer without years of law school? In the aforementioned states, citizens can choose to participate in an internship in lieu of attending law school. They must complete a set number of hours with a licensed lawyer and successfully pass the state bar. In California, those who wish to take the bar without going to law school must take the first year law students examination, also known as the “baby bar.” Kardashian recently shared pictures of her studying for her upcoming exam.

Kim Kardashian wouldn’t be the first lawyer in the family

It may seem like Kardashian’s ambition to become a lawyer has come out of nowhere, but we have to remember that her father, Robert Kardashian, was a very well known lawyer.

Many believed that Robert Kardashian and a team of lawyers helped OJ Simpson get away with murder. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Though there was a large amount of highly incriminating evidence, OJ walked away with a not guilty verdict, thanks in large part to the work of his legal team.

Kim Kardashian says she remembers her father working on the case when she was a kid. She says the whole legal team would come over to her house to prep for the trial. She remembers looking through the books and evidence. She says she was “really nosy about the forensics.”

Kim Kardashian hopes to sit for the bar in 2022

Kardashian has a long road ahead of her. She is currently one-fourth of the way through her required internship. After completing her internship, she must still sit for and pass the California State Bar. The bar consists of multiple choice questions and an essay portion and is considered very difficult to pass.

If she does pass the bar, she will still face a few hurdles. It is unlikely that Kardashian will want to work for a private law firm, and instead will choose to work with private clients. However, if she does choose to pursue working at a law firm, employers may be reluctant to hire her because of her lack of schooling. If she plans to go to trial, she must also be granted permission by each circuit court she wishes to argue in.