On her way! Kim Kardashian took the “baby bar” exam on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which means she’s one step closer to finishing law school and becoming a lawyer. See an explanation about how the reality star is achieving her goal below!

During the season 20 premiere of KUWTK on March 18, fans watched as Kim, 40, anxiously prepare for the big exam. Her four children — North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm — even cleared out of their Calabasas mansion to stay at the famous family’s Wyoming ranch with Kanye West, whom she filed for divorce from in February 2021. 

“The kids are in Wyoming, and that’s the hardest thing for me is to be away from the kids. But I have to really dedicate myself and do it,” Kim explained in the episode, while noting she was most nervous for the essay portion. The KKW Beauty founder added it was even more “nerve-wracking” because the test scores are public record and “the whole world will know if you fail.”

What is the “baby bar” and why was Kim required to take it? The state of California — along with Vermont, Virginia and Washington — does not require a law degree as a prerequisite for taking the bar exam. 

Instead, these states allow people to become “law readers” by apprenticing with a practicing lawyer for a designated amount of time. Kim, who does not have an undergraduate degree, is specifically participating in the Judge’s Chamber Program, also known as the California Law Office Program. A requirement for this program includes passing the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, often referred to as the “baby bar.” Hopeful students are permitted to continue studying for three more years if they pass the tough exam. 

The test takes about two months to receive the results, but Kim revealed during the May 27 episode of KUWTK that she did not pass the exam on her first try. “So you guys, I did not pass the baby bar,” she told her sisters. “If you are doing law school the way I’m doing it, it is a four-year program instead of your typical three-year program. And after year one, you have to take the baby bar. This would actually [be] harder, I hear, than the official bar.”

“I am a failure,” she continued. “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.”

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She added that the time away from her children made not passing the test that much harder to deal with. “That’s what pisses me off. The fact that I spent all that time away from my kids, like I can’t do it again,” the reality star said. “I don’t have time. To do the next test is in November. And I’m filming the ending of our show, which will be so emotional. 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?”

However, it does seem that she has continued with her law school education, as the footage was shot in October 2020. The mother of four also addressed her test results during an Instagram Story Q&A in May 2021. “Extremely difficult,” she said of the exams. “Unfortunately, I haven’t passed yet but I’m not giving up and I’m preparing to take it again soon.”

Kim confirmed during an interview with Good Morning Vogue in March 2021 that she is halfway through her studies. “I have two years left, and so, I have two years under my belt,” she explained. “So, that is really steady and just a lot of work. But, with all of that, I get to work on new cases.”

The future is bright for Kim!