The youngest of five children in her family, Kensi Mays was drawn to the legal profession in highschool when she participated in a trial. “It just stuck with me as something I definitely want to do,” she said.
Today Mays is a law student pursuing her dream. CLI is helping her do so as a recipient of our Minority Living Expenses Scholarship, which supports students preparing for the bar exam. She wasn’t sure she was going to apply for the scholarship at first, but after attending CLI’s events she decided otherwise.
“It has helped out tremendously because I’ve been able to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities,” she said.
Instead of taking classes, Mays is working as a legal intern in the U.S attorney’s office in Atlanta for this fall semester.
“Having an opportunity for a scholarship makes it feasible to continue doing what I’m doing,” she said. “The ability to get practical experience – from indictment to sentencing – is huge especially as a student.”
Mays said that when she shares her resume with practice attorneys, her level of experience is what stands out. In the spring, she was a Law Clerk at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie and an intern for the Colorado State Supreme Court. This summer she was an associate at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP.
Next month, Mays will graduate from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where she is president of the Black Law Student Association. She plans to take the bar in February 2017.