Diversity Scholarship and Application

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to announce the Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. The scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.

2019 Diversity Scholarship applications will be available online beginning December 1, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school. 
  • Possess a record of academic achievement that demonstrates great promise for a successful legal career. 
  • Applicants should want to be part of a talented and driven team, possess a high level of work intensity and value practicing law in a highly focused but collegial setting. 
  • Factors considered in the selection of scholarship recipients include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement. 
  • Applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

APPLYING FOR THE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible applicants must submit the following materials through our online application process:
  • Application (Currently offered in Indianapolis and Chicago)
  • Cover letter
  • Current resume including undergraduate and law school GPA
  • A personal statement describing how their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of the firm.