Kim received her Paralegal Associate of Arts Degree from Portland Community College, an American Bar Association approved program, where she was accepted to Lambda Epsilon Chi, a national academic honor society for paralegals. During school, Kim gained experience working on federal criminal cases as a paralegal intern for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon.

Kim is a past-President of the PCC Paralegal Club and a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association and National Federation of Paralegal Associations.