The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF), in partnership with local education non-profit
PREP-KC, is proud to unveil KCMBF’s third signature program, the Student Law Academy (SLA).
With a mission of providing underprivileged high-school students with access to the legal profession, SLA
aspires to serve as a future pipeline for Kansas City’s legal community, adding diversity to the practice and
expanding the options of urban students who have yet to gain exposure to the legal profession.

KCMBF’s SLA is pleased to collaborate with the Greater Kansas City law firms, courts, and other legal
entities to provide urban students with a dynamic, month-long rotational summer program, connecting
students with local law professionals and offering work experiences to strengthen their interest and increase
future success in a legal career.

SLA plans to leverage PREP-KC's partnerships with six school districts and three charter schools that enroll
over 65,000 students, including 15 urban high schools. The long-term vision for SLA is the cultivation of a
holistic career pathway that connects teachers, industry professionals and law schools to build a curriculum that
supports students’ interest in the legal profession, both in and out of the classroom. The pathway will provide the
opportunity for students to gain a jump start on their future through work on legally related projects, guidance
and mentoring from legal professionals, access to college credit, scholarships and much more.

Launching June 2019, SLA is a four-week program with several opportunities to get involved:

Volunteer your firm to host an intern for four days (click the dates below to indicate your interest)

                Plaintiff Law Firm Week, June 4-7

                Civil Defense Law Firm Week, June 11-14

                Family Law Firm Week, June 18-21

                Criminal Law/Public Sector/Courts Week, June 25-28

                
Apply to become a mentor to a student (application deadline March 8) - APPLY NOW
               

         Mentor Commitment Includes:

  •     Professional Skills Etiquette Boot Camp (Student Orientation) - Wednesday, May 22nd 9am - 3pm at KCMBA
  •     Weekly June Lunch with Student (lunch provided) - June 3, June 10, Jun 17, and June 24 at noon at KCMBA
  •     Graduation Reception - Friday, June 28th 5pm - 7pm, Location TBD

 

Sponsor the inaugural year of SLA - SLA Sponsorship Opportunities

For more program details, check out the SLA Legal Community Guide.

Interested in getting involved? Please contact Foundation Director, Sharra Wagner at (816) 474-4322 or swagner@kcmbf.org.