Bar Leadership Academy

The Bar Leadership Academy (BLA) is a special program designed to help emerging leaders of the legal profession in Kansas City develop the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to become leaders in both the profession and the community. During this seven-month program, new attorneys participate in seven interactive leadership training sessions featuring prominent speakers, instructors, and discussion facilitators.

Through this curriculum, the Bar Leadership Academy:

  • Enhances participants’ leadership skills so they can better excel in service to the profession and the community.
  • Nurtures and encourages graduates to seek leadership positions in Bar organizations, the judiciary, and community organizations.
  • Creates a critical mass of diverse future leaders within the legal community.
  • Fosters pride, commitment and participation in professional association activities.
  • Provides leadership opportunities in the community for all graduates.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The application period for the 2024-2025 program is open! The application can be found HERE; please submit finished application to [email protected] by or before July 31, 2024. Scholarship applications are available through KCMBA's Young Lawyers and Diversity Sections and the Association for Women Lawyers Foundation ("AWLF") Scholarship.

Benefits of participating in the Bar Leadership Academy:

  • 4.0 CLE hours MO and KS (pending) - valued at $200
  • Connect with emerging leaders in the legal community
  • Multiple Networking Events
  • Formal learning sessions from several leaders of the Kansas City legal community and area nonprofits

Contact us for more information.

2022 Bar Leadership Academy Graduates