Jon Kopaloff/Getty Van Jones and Kim Kardashian in 2018
The lawyer, author and CNN anchor appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, chatting with the host about his upcoming documentary, The First Step, which will tackle the subject of criminal justice reform. Kardashian makes an appearance in the documentary.
"She's doing amazing," Jones, 52, replied when Ellen DeGeneres asked how the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is progressing with her studies. "She has used her platform to help people behind bars. Her dad [the late Robert Kardashian Sr.] was a lawyer, and she always wanted to be a lawyer."
According to Jones, once Kardashian, 40, "got a taste of what she could do using her platform, using her brain, she hasn't let up."
Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. Van Jones on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
"I think she's gonna be an unbelievable attorney and she's already one of the best advocates that we have in criminal justice," he added.
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Jones previously attested to the reality star's determination, telling Extra back in April 2019 that Kardashian had impressed him with her passion to become a lawyer since they first met at the White House in late 2018, when they were working together on criminal-justice reform.
"She takes these cases seriously," said Jones, who graduated Yale Law School. "It's embarrassing to go into a meeting with Kim Kardashian, you're the attorney and she's not and she knows more than you by far, and that happens all the time."
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"[Kim] is so prepared, she is so passionate, she reads the letters that she gets, and is always trying to figure out how to be helpful," he shared. "People forget she is the daughter of a very accomplished lawyer. She is also the mother of three African-American kids, so that puts that criminal justice conversation in a different place."
The CNN star added, "She is just extraordinary, and people are just going to have to reassess — she is not that kid that used to party with Paris Hilton."
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Kardashian first revealed her law aspirations in an interview with Vogue in April 2019, saying she had begun a four-year apprenticeship with a firm in San Francisco, with the goal of taking the bar in 2022.
Though she did attend Pierce College in Los Angeles, she never graduated. Like Virginia, Vermont and Washington, California offers a path to passing the bar without attending law school by "reading the law," or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer or judge. Kardashian took the so-called "baby bar" last year.
And despite recently filing a trademark for Skkn by Kim (covering the skincare, hair care, nail care and supplements categories), the reality star said she won't begin a new venture until she has earned her law degree in a recent interview with WWD.
"I want to finish that, before I connect with something else," the KKW Beauty, KKW Fragrance and SKIMS mogul told the outlet.
The First Step premieres online at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 10, and will be available to stream at tribecafilm.com.