James graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2017 with a Juris Doctor. As a student, he served on the 1L Leadership Board of the Future Prosecutors for Social Justice, participated in the King County Youth 180 Diversion Program, and taught law to high school students in Seattle, Washington through the Street Law program.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science (Pre-Law Concentration) and French. During his undergraduate studies, he quickly immersed himself around international students, held positions in international university organizations, and studied abroad at Université Rennes 2 in Rennes, France studying French history and evolution of the French language. James also taught summer courses, tutored multiple subjects, and worked as a research assistant looking into the influence of a judge's gender in the French Canadian Appellate Courts.