FLI Professionals is a student-led group that offers support for SLS students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income professionals. This includes students who grew up in working-class or low-income communities, students who are first in their family to attend college, and students who are first in their family to attend professional school.
Our organization welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds. We strive to provide a safe and inclusive space for Stanford Law students who lack access to some of the class-based privileges of our peers. We seek to facilitate the transition and integration of first-generation and/or low-income students into SLS and the legal profession through mentorship, career advising, academic support, social activities, and more.
Most broadly, we aim to be a forum for students to talk about class identity. Only 2% of students at the top 20 law schools come from the bottom socioeconomic quartile of the population, while more than three-quarters come from the richest socioeconomic quartile. Discussions about concepts like justice and service both inside and outside of the classroom often reflect this disparity. Our overarching goal is to create a diverse community that fosters inclusiveness, well-being, and academic achievement throughout students’ time at SLS while also advocating for the recognition of our lived experiences as first-generation and/or low-income professionals, as well as those of our families and communities.
FLI's programming includes academic workshops, student panels, community gatherings, and mentorship events with faculty.
FLI Professionals held its first event as an organization in Spring 2017. Members bonded as they shared personal histories and experiences.