Ever since we learned that Kim Kardashian is trying to become an attorney — first from an off-the-cuff Kanye statement and later from Kardashian herself in an interview — there’s been a healthy outpouring of skepticism. There are still states that allow apprenticeships? Yes. Can a college dropout even be a lawyer? As it turns out, in California they can if they got themselves 60 credits toward a degree. Is there any way she can really pass a bar exam so notoriously difficult that it tripped up the dean of Stanford Law School? Well… that remains to be seen. The criticism just kept on coming: The reality star never graduated from college, but in California, it’s legal to study the law privately. While Kim has faced her fair share of critics for studying law —many have compared her to Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” — Kim said that’s not the case. Indeed it’s not. Elle Woods went to Harvard. All of these questions and snarky takes spurred Kardashian to post an Instagram photo of herself studying. It’s not a selfie meaning, I guess, someone stood in the room and took a picture of her looking at a book in a totally not artificial way. Sure. Very natural. Frankly, I didn’t even doubt that she was working hard on her studies but staged images like this don’t do wonders for her credibility. Perhaps more importantly, the image answers the question many had raised: who are the lawyers taking Kardashian under their wing? As one might suspect given that Kardashian is pursuing the law based on her brush with criminal justice reform, these attorneys are deeply involved in the movement. From the left of the image, we have Erin Haney, National Policy Director, and Jessica Jackson, National Director and co-founder, of the Cut50 initiative to end mass incarceration. Kardashian used her social media to lay out some more details, explaining that she’s coming up on the baby bar and explaining that the work takes its toll on her family time: 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. Put the definition of “work” to one side and her point resonates with any non-traditional student trying to get through the messy business of legal education while — ugh — keeping up with their family. 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. The state bar may not care, but it is absolutely your privilege and money that got you here. The law school night student doesn’t get to hand their kids off to nannies and servants while they go study. They don’t get to put their “work” on hold so they can go apprentice in a legal office for years. And that’s fine, just admit it. Don’t try to sell this as some bullshit lifestyle promotion fantasy that every 38-year-old mother of three without a college education can just hop into lawyerin’ at the drop of a hat. Overcoming those blindspots and recognizing her position relative to the rest of the world will be a critical step in maturing as an advocate. She’s clearly not there yet. But, she still has time.]]>

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