"It is an outstanding program that connects the legal community with diverse, future community leaders.
I'm inspired by the students' enthusiasm for the law and their eagerness to learn."
- Sherri Wattenbarger, U.S. Department of Justice Office of The U.S. Trustee, SLA Mentor
Chair Vice Chair Secretary
Amy L. Coopman Kelly C. Frickleton Kamillia M. Scott
Bridge Mediation, LLC Bartimus Frickleton Dentons US LLP
Robertson Rader P.C.
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KCMBF's Student Law Academy 2022
Student Law Academy ("SLA") 2022 has two in-person components: the Legal Pathway and the Job Shadow. Read on to learn more about these two distinct sessions.
Selected SLA Scholars, who are rising juniors through seniors in high school, participate in three educational sessions each morning from May 31 - June 24, 2022 (excluding June 20 in observance of Juneteenth). During the sessions, Scholars learn from legal professionals on a variety of topics. The Legal Pathway continues the SLA tradition of providing exposure to careers in the legal field and an overview of the legal system. Each Scholar is assigned a Mentor as they share ideas and connections over lunch once a week. The Legal Pathway program culminates in SLA Graduation on June 24 at UMKC School of Law, with Keynote Speaker Irene Caudillo, President and CEO of El Centro, Inc.
Keynote Speaker, Irene Caudillo, El Centro, Inc.
Meet the 2022 SLA Legal Pathway Scholars
We are thrilled to add a new segment to SLA to provide returning SLA Graduates with an in-person rotational internship opportunity and mock trial experience from July 7 - July 29, 2022. These returning Scholars, having already completed the Legal Pathway in previous years, are placed at different law firms, courts, and government agencies to job shadow legal professionals within a different office each week. Each Scholar is assigned a Mentor to help them prepare for their job shadow opportunities and to assist them in building a portfolio to ready them for future career opportunities. These Scholars also visit different field trip locations to see law in action, including the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, United States Courts Western District of Missouri, Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District, and UMKC School of Law. The Job Shadow program culminates with a Mock Trial and Betty Rae's Ice Cream Social on July 29 at KCMBA headquarters.
Meet the 2022 SLA Job Shadow Scholars
*New* Pre-Law Fellowship
All SLA Graduates are eligible for the Pre-Law Fellowship, which provides additional resources and mentorship for those applying to law school or other legal-related professional school. SLA Graduates may access these resources at any time.
Volunteers: 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
Are you an attorney or other law professional? Explore all of the below opportunities to see how YOU can get involved!
Please contact Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or other ways to get involved.
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.
Thank You to SLA 2022 Sponsors!
Summa Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Order of the Coif
Dentons US LLP
Athena M. Dickson
Gyllenborg & Brown, P.A.
The Goss Law Firm, PC
Thank you to The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation for their ongoing support.