Updated on Apr 14, 2019. Posted on Apr 12, 2019

    Kim Kardashian Saying She's Studying To Be A Lawyer Has Sparked A Huge Debate On Twitter

    "[You're] revealing that you don't think a woman with a public sexual identity can be smart or care about justice."

    If you've used the internet in the last couple of days, you must've heard the news that Kim Kardashian West is currently studying to become a criminal lawyer. I'm not kidding, bible.

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    Yep, gracing the cover of Vogue, Kim said in the accompanying interview: "I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. 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."

    According to the interview, Kim made the decision last summer to begin a four-year law apprenticeship, and she plans to take the bar exam in 2022.

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    California is one of only four states (California, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington) where you don't need a law degree in order to take the bar exam. Instead, you can enter into an apprenticeship. In California, this is called the "Law Office Study Program". Requirements to become a lawyer in California without a degree include "[sitting] in a practicing attorney’s office for 18 hours per week for a period of four continuous years".

    As you can probably imagine, the news raised some eyebrows online. Tweets immediately flooded the internet, with jokes quickly gaining thousands of likes.

    Your honor I just think that’s like so rude and my client did nothing wrong and I feel so bad for her https://t.co/LZlS2pFfsQ

    Many of the tweets imagined what Kim would be like as a lawyer. I guess you could say they weren't exactly favourable, using Keeping Up With The Kardashians footage to make memes.

    Defense: I OBJECT YOUR HONOR Kim K *as a lawyer* :

    Judge: How do you plead? Accused: Not Guilty Kim K: *as a lawyer*

    And the jokes just kept on coming.

    kim k studying to be a lawyer is the best live action remake of legally blonde i’ve ever heard of

    Kim multimillionaire entrepreneur reality tv star model makeup mogul lawyer Kardashian West

    Others, meanwhile, called out Kim's privilege.

    Apparently, Kim Kardashian doesn't need a college degree or law school to take the bar exam in California. If you're privileged and complete an apprenticeship with a lawyer or a law firm, you can do whatever you want. Ain't that a blimp.

    However, people soon jumped to Kim's defence, claiming that people should give her some credit for actually wanting to do something good.

    Kim Kardashian wants to become a lawyer to reform our criminal justice system. How many of the people making fun of her have helped free people from unjust prison sentences? She’s a millionaire. Instead of sitting back, she’s trying to help people. Give her some credit. https://t.co/nbFIi6rnod

    Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer? Wow honestly didn't expect that, but given who her father was and her slight interest in prison reform, it's not too surprising. If she's serious about this then s/o to her I can fw that.

    Others accused people of thinking that "a woman with a public sexual identity" couldn't be smart or care about justice.

    A lot of these jokes about Kim Kardashian becoming a lawyer are just revealing that you don't think a woman with a public sexual identity can be smart or care about justice. Do we need a 'Legally Blonde' remake already?

    They also noted that Kim couldn't win, regardless of what she decides to do.

    People: "Kim Kardashian is useless and she doesn't contribute anything to society." Kim Kardashian: "I'm studying to become a criminal justice lawyer." *People: "How dare you. Stay in your lane."

    Everyone hating on Kim K wanting to be a lawyer but... she's the daughter of a famous criminal defense lawyer, she wants to revamp the criminal justice system, and she has the passion to do so! So why the fuck not!

    You can read the full Vogue interview here. BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Kim for comment.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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