Kim Kardashian West has hit back at critics who have said it is only her privilege and money that have given her the chance to study to become a lawyer.
The US reality TV star, 38, recently revealed she hopes to become a criminal justice lawyer.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, she said there have been some negative reactions to her announcements, with people suggesting her financial status got her there and questioning how she can study for a law career when she did not finish college.
She said: “Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law.
“For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly.
“As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way.”
She went on: “I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case.
“One person actually said I should ‘stay in my lane’.
“I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals.
“You can create your own lanes, just as I am.
“The state bar doesn’t care who you are.
“This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it.”’
The star continued: “It’s true I did not finish college.
“You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in ‘reading the law’, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers.
“For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not.
“My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying.
“There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me.
“I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams.”
She finished her post by saying: “This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck.”
Kardashian West revealed earlier this month that she began a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer, around the time she played a role in the release last summer of prisoner Alice Marie Johnson.
The 63-year-old grandmother had been in an Alabama prison on a non-violent drug charge since 1996 and Kardashian West visited US President Donald Trump in the White House to argue her case.
The president eventually granted Johnson clemency.
The star’s interest in the law will see her follow in the footsteps of her late father Robert Kardashian, who was a member of OJ Simpson’s defence team.