Though people scoffed at her for her plans to take the bar exam, Kim Kardashian is making a documentary criminal justice. The world was stunned when the KKW Beauty mogul announced that she’s currently in an intensive law internship program and that she’s planning to take the bar in 2022. Now–the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is continuing her commitment to criminal justice with a new two-hour documentary.
Oxygen network has announced that Kardashian will executive produce the Oxygen film–Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project. According to the press release, the film will follow the KUWTK star’s efforts to “secure freedom for Americans who she believes have been wronged by the justice system.” It also promises “exclusive, never before seen look inside her mission to tackle one of America’s most controversial subjects.”
Kardashian’s interest in criminal justice reform came to light in June 2018 when she personally lobbied President Donald Trump for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence for a first time nonviolent drug offense. In the end, Johnson was granted clemency.
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For the last year, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system. I visited prisons, met with formerly incarcerated people, and helped with cases of individual injustice - including two death penalty cases. I have met with and am very supportive of Governor Newsom and his decision to help bring an end to the California Death Penalty. Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty. And we should not be okay with the risk that an innocent person could be executed. I hope we can turn toward better solutions that focus more on healing victims of trauma and prioritizing fairness and justice.
Since then, the soon-to-be mom of four has helped 17 incarcerated people. According to TMZ, she is reportedly involved in a campaign called 90 Days of Freedom. However, she also dealt with people openly mocking her for her endeavors.
One Twitter user said, “Kim Kardashian said she got a “100” on her first Crim Law exam. That’s how you know this new storyline is full of shit. Law school exams aren’t fucking multiple choice tests graded out of 100.” While another retorted, “If Kim Kardashian actually wanted to be a lawyer, she would go through the 7 years of school she needs to do it, and not just leak an article about how she’s reading a lot of law books to try to pass the bar.”
In a recent Instagram post, the reality starlet was open about why she is determined to follow her dreams. She said, “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.”
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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 looks like we will see Kardashian’s journey up close and personal when her Oxygen film premieres.