Congratulations to our 2020 Student Law Academy Graduates! Click here for the Graduation Program that took place on July 24, 2020,
and see below for a recording of the virtual graduation ceremony.

"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 (2020)

Due to COVID-19, the program was adapted to a virtual format. The SLA Legal Pathway launched June 1, providing online sessions through PREP-KC’s virtual Connector. Each Monday in June, SLA Scholars interacted with legal professionals on salient legal topics. This Legal Pathway sets up a formal path to the law for future students nationwide. Thank you to all our speakers for June!

Additionally, rather than the planned in-person internships, SLA pivoted to an online curriculum for the weeks of July 13-17 and July 20-24, with a virtual Graduation on July 24. Each day, SLA Scholars learned from legal professionals through interactive sessions, discussions, and special projects. They virtually visited courts, witnessed dockets, depositions, and learned about the legal system and careers in the law. All online activities were administered through the Connector. Thank you to all our speakers for July!

If you or a student is interested in these topics many of our speakers agreed to share their presentations with the public. You can find a playlist of their presentations here.

Student Law Academy Scholars 2020

2020 Sponsors - Thank You!

The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation

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.

"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

Our mission is to provide under-served 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 a dynamic 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. 

This summer,  SLA launched its Legal Pathway that connects teachers, industry professionals, and law schools through a curriculum to support students' interest in the legal profession, both in and out of the classroom. The Legal Pathway provides 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.

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:

Student Law Academy Photos 2019