The 2022 Student Law Academy program has now concluded. If you applied and have any questions or would like to apply for the 2023 program, please contact Keva Gorman at [email protected]. The 2023 Student Law Academy application will open in early 2023.
About Student Law Academy
"Increasing diversity in our profession is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. The Kansas City legal community will realize its fullest potential only when the talents of all who practice law or aspire to a legal career, regardless of background, are welcomed."
- Sylvester "Sly" James, KCMBA Past President and founder of the Diversity Initiative
Who We Are
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF), in partnership with local education non-profit organization The Partnership for Regional Education Preparation-Kansas City (PREP-KC), created Student Law Academy (SLA) in 2019. SLA aspires to serve as a future pipeline to diversify Kansas City's legal community.
Our mission is to provide underserved urban high school students, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, meaningful exposure to careers in the legal profession and a broad overview of the legal system.
What We Do
SLA collaborates with local law firms, courts, and other legal entities to provide students with a dynamic, paid summer program. SLA works within PREP-KC's six school districts and three charter schools (Allen Village, Center, Independence, KCKPS, KCPS, Grandview, Guadalupe Centers, and Hickman) to select juniors and seniors in high school as SLA Scholars.
Inspire the Next Generation
"If I know someone out there is supporting me, then I have more motivation to pursue law."
- 2021 Student Law Academy Scholar
Please contact Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at [email protected] with questions or other ways to get involved.
KCMBF's Student Law Academy 2022 Program
The 2022 program expanded to include three segments: a Legal Pathway, a Job Shadow, and a Pre-Law Fellowship. Thank you to all who made this year's program possible!
Meet the 2022 Legal Pathway Scholars
Meet the 2022 Job Shadow Scholars
2022 Calendar of Events
Congratulations to all of our Legal Pathway scholars for graduating from the program!
See the 2022 Graduation Program
Thank You to SLA 2022 Sponsors!
Summa Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Order of the Coif
Athena M. Dickson
Gyllenborg & Brown, P.A.
Thank you to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for providing case file materials.
Thank you to The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation for their ongoing support.