Kim Kardashian shrugs off critics, reveals law school progress

Kim Kardashian West became interested in criminal justice reform after helping to secure the release of two women from prison.
Kim Kardashian West became interested in criminal justice reform after helping to secure the release of two women from prison. PHOTO: REUTERS

PASADENA (United States) • Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West said she had successfully completed her first year of law studies while preparing to release a documentary about her advocacy work for criminal justice reform.

Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project will debut on the Oxygen cable network on April 5. The two-hour film will show West visiting prisons and working alongside legal experts on four cases of people they believe have been unfairly sentenced.

West is best known for developing beauty and fashion products and chronicling her life with her sisters on TV's Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She became interested in criminal justice reform after helping to win the release of two women from prison.

At a discussion about her new documentary last Saturday, West was asked how she would respond to people who may think she had attached herself to the cause in order to burnish her well-known brand.

"I'm very used to criticism, so nothing really fazes me," West said at the event organised by the Television Critics Association.

"I really genuinely just stay focused on the cases and the people," she added. "I'm not doing it for publicity. I really do care."

West, 39, said she works daily on her law studies for a total of 20 hours a week and just completed her first year of a four-year apprenticeship program in California. She is aiming to take the bar exam in 2022.

Her late father, Mr Robert Kardashian, was a prominent Los Angeles lawyer who was part of the legal team that represented football star O.J. Simpson in his 1995 trial and acquittal for double murder.

In 2018, West successfully lobbied United States President Donald Trump to commute the life sentence of a 63-year-old Tennessee woman convicted of a first drug offence.

Early last year, she helped win clemency for another Tennessee woman who had been convicted as a teenager of murdering a man who paid to have sex with her.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2020, with the headline 'Kim Kardashian shrugs off critics, reveals law school progress'. Print Edition | Subscribe