Kim Kardashian has shared her disappointment over failing a law exam after the first year of her programme to become a criminal justice lawyer, appearing disheartened while dubbing herself a ‘failure’.
The 40-year-old revealed she got a score of 474 in her first-year law student exam – when you need a 560 to pass.
“So you guys, I did not pass the baby bar,” Kim says sullenly.
The mother-of-four explains in a confessional: “If you are doing law school the way I’m doing it, it is a four-year program instead of your typical three-year programme.
“And after year one, you have to take the baby bar. This would actually harder, I hear than the official bar.”
Her mentor, attorney Jessica Jackson, tries to reassure Kim in a flashback scene.
“That is extremely close on a test that most people are not taking in the middle of a pandemic,” Jessica tells the SKIMS founder.
But Kim seems defeated, saying: “I am a failure. I spent six weeks straight, 10 to 12 hours a day, studying and it was so important for me to take this. And to not pass gets your spirit down and just makes you want to give up.”
Kourtney tries to comfort her younger sister by saying that their late lawyer father Robert would still be impressed with Kim’s ambition.
“I feel like dad would be really proud of you regardless, just the fact that you’re pursuing this,” she says.
Khloe adds: “I think it’s highly respectable what you’re doing. I think the time that you get taken away from your family, your kids…”
Kim – who Van Jones recently called an “unbelievable lawyer” – cuts in: “That’s what p**ses me off. The fact that I spent all that time away from my kids, like I can’t do it again. I don’t have time.
“I have every birthday under the sun, you know, it’s my birthday – my 40th – I planned this whole trip and it’s too late to cancel. And if I fail again, it’s like, what’s the point?”
The episode was filmed in October last year and Khloe suggests Kim retake the exam in June 2021.
Kim fires back: “I don’t want to wait another year to go by for school. I feel like I just got to the end where I almost knew everything.”
The TV personality says she’d rather take the test again as soon as possible.
Kourtney agrees, saying: “I think if you take that year off, you’re going to forget about it.”
The state of California introduced a mandatory examination that first-year law students attending unaccredited schools must pass in order to continue their studies.
The “baby bar,” as it’s colloquially known as, is a one-day, seven-hour exam made up of four essays and 100 multiple-choice questions in Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts.
Kim – who filed for divorce from Kanye West in February – previously said she was studying ten-and-a-half hours a day and described the test itself as “really nerve-wracking” as only 20 per cent of people pass.
The quiz is mix of four one-hour essays followed by 300 multiple choice questions – and it’s a crucial step on her path to becoming a lawyer.
In 2018, Kim became interested in prison reform and teamed up with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to lobby for the release of Alice Marie Johnson.
Alice had been sentenced to life without parole in 1996 for her role in a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring in Tennessee.
Kim saw a video about the great-grandmother’s case and was outraged at the severity of her sentencing for a first-time, non-violent drug offence.
“She’s spent over two decades behind bars,” Kim told Mic, the outlet where she learned about Alice’s plight.
“I think that she really deserves a second chance at life.”
After the reality star spoke with Trump about her case in the Oval Office in May 2018, Trump decided to commute Alice’s sentence the following month.
In 2019, Kim revealed she had been studying as part of a four-year internship at a law firm to prepare for her bar exams in 2022.
A year later, Kim also helped to free Momolu Stewart, who’d fatally a shot a man as a 16-year-old and had been sentenced to life.
Instead of going to law school like the overwhelming majority of legal trainees in the states, Kim is taking part in a four-year legal apprenticeship.
There are only four states which allow attorneys to take the bar exam without going to law school, and California Bar Exam which she’ll eventually take is notorious for being one of the hardest in the country.
The exam takes place over two days and can assess an applicant’s knowledge of 13 different areas of the law, without the applicant knowing which subjects are going to come up.