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It looks like Kim Kardashian is planning a career change. 

In a new interview with Vogue, the reality TV star revealed that she's preparing to enter the legal field, and that she aspires to become a lawyer herself one day. Apparently her work on behalf of Alice Johnson, a woman who served 20 years (of a life sentence) in prison for a nonviolent drug offense, inspired Kardashian to make this decision. (Johnson was ultimately offered clemency last year, thanks in part to Kardashian's advocacy efforts.)

But the internet is collectively saying, "Not so fast." How, exactly, can she become a lawyer when she doesn't even have a college degree?

Kim Kardashian: mother, wife, reality TV icon, and... lawyer-in-training?

That's right: Kim K just made a pretty significant announcement via her latest interview with Vogue. According to the magazine, she made the decision to pursue a career in the legal field last year after she spent months advocating for the release of Alice Johnson, who'd been sentenced to life in prison for a nonviolent drug charge back in 1996. (She was granted clemency in June 2018.)

It's a decision she's given some thought to.

She's reportedly going to begin "a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, with the goal of taking the bar in 2022." 

"I had to think long and hard about this," she told Vogue, indicating that her decision was largely influenced by her advocacy work on behalf of Johnson and "seeing a really good result" from her efforts.

Kardashian admitted that she felt out of her element in certain situations.

She brought up those infamous meetings at the White House. 

"The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency," she said in her Vogue interview. “And I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people, and I just sat there, like, 'Oh, sh*t. I need to know more.'"

She said that she wanted to be able to have more to contribute. 

"I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair," Kardashian explained to Vogue. "But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It's never one person who gets things done; it's always a collective of people, and I've always known my role."

So, naturally, she's going to become a lawyer.

It seems that she's unsatisfied with being an advocate and wants to make a difference on the legal side of things. 

"I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society," she said. "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.”

But, wait a second, how is that possible?

Once the news got out about Kardashian's latest career ambitions, people were quick to question how, exactly, she would be able to become a lawyer when she doesn't have the typical qualifications. She didn't graduate from college, she hasn't taken the LSAT, she hasn't attended law school, and she doesn't have a law degree. 

Well, apparently there's a work-around to all of that.

In California — in addition to Virginia, Vermont, and Washington — aspiring lawyers can take the bar exam without a law degree. And, if they pass, they're considered a lawyer. It's an entire process known as "reading the law," which began back in the old days before law schools became a thing. Basically, as long as you study under practicing lawyers or judges for a certain length of time prior to taking the bar exam, you're good! 

That explains why Kardashian is currently doing her apprenticeship.

In California, a four-year apprenticeship under a practicing lawyer is required, and it must be for at least 18 hours a week. While it's great that Kardashian is pursuing her passions, it's worth noting that her being able to land an apprenticeship at a fancy San Francisco law firm without the usual qualifications is pretty much the definition of peak privilege. 

Some people are a little skeptical about Kardashian's plan.

When you consider the fact that "reading the law" is largely considered an archaic way to become a lawyer these days, her approach might be less than ideal. But, if anything, she appears determined. 

"First year of law school," Kim told Vogue, "you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts. To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crim law I can do in my sleep."

But others think she has it in her.

It looks like we'll soon find out whether Kardashian will be making courthouse appearances on behalf of clients soon. She's set to take the "baby bar" in California later this summer, and if she passes, she will receive approval to continue with her studies for three more years. 

"Took my first test, I got a 100," she said. "Super easy for me. The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds."