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Kim Kardashian West Passes The ‘Baby Bar’ On Her Fourth Try

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 Kim Kardashian West passed the “Baby Bar,” the practice exam for lawyers-in-training in California, after failing the test three times over two years, the reality star said Monday.

Kim Kardashian West speaks on stage on January 18, 2020 in Pasadena, California.


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Key Facts

Kardashian West said on Twitter passing the exam “wasn’t easy or handed to me,” and thanked lawyer and CNN commentator Van Jones, who she said talked her into studying law, and her mentors, attorneys Jessica Jackson and Erin Hane.

The lawyer-in-training previously failed the exam even after weeks of 12-hour study days, Kardashian West said on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in May, and said she failed again in June.

Kardashian West said her late father Robert Kardashian, who was part of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial defense team, would’ve been the “best study partner,” although she noted he had been known to tease people who failed the exam on their first try.

Tangent 

Passing the California First-Year Law Students’ Examination, nicknamed the “Baby Bar,” is required for any first-year law student in California not attending a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or California’s Committee of Bar Examiners. Kardashian West opted to forgo the traditional juris doctor degree program — the typical law degree — in favor of an apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco and had to pass in order to continue her studies. 

Key Background

Kardashian West began training to become a lawyer in 2019, and told Vogue she was inspired to pursue law when she visited the White House in 2020 to discuss criminal justice reform after successfully lobbying for clemency for Alice Marie Johnson, who served nearly 20 years in prison for a nonviolent drug conviction. “I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more,” Kardashian West said.

Further Reading

The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West (Vogue)

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