Legal Connection: 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

Click here to explore the Legal Community Volunteer Guide.

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

Our mission is to provide underprivileged 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 judicial system. 

What We Do

SLA collaborates with local law firms, courts, and other legal entities to provide students a dynamic rotational summer internship program in June 2020. 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 seniors in high school as SLA interns. 

The long-term vision for SLA is the cultivation of a Legal Pathway that connects teachers, industry professionals, and law schools to build a curriculum to support students' interest in the legal profession, both in and out of the classroom. The Legal Pathway will provide the opportunity for students to gain a jump start on their futures through work on legally-related projects, guidance and mentoring from legal professionals, access to college credit, scholarships, and much more.

Help Improve Diversity in the Legal Profession

Become a financial sponsor for SLA (sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000).
Apply to host two student interns at your office.
Apply to mentor a student intern through the program.

OR explore all volunteer options in the
Student Law Academy Legal Community Volunteer Guide

Please contact Sharra Wagner, Foundation Director, at to get involved.

Learn more about SLA and the other Legal Connection programs by watching the video below:

2020 Sponsors - Thank You!

Summa Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Cum Laude

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Kenner Nygaard DeMarea Kendall LLC

Norman & Graves, LLC

Order of the Coif

Gyllenborg & Brown, P.A.

Student Law Academy Photos 2019