Barnes & Thornburg: Your Summer Destination

Work hard. Learn the ropes. Have fun. Be the best. Those are all the focus of Barnes & Thornburg’s Summer Associate program.

Barnes & Thornburg is full-service national law firm with a summer associate program that offers law students a wide variety of opportunities. Housed mainly in our Chicago, Indianapolis and Minneapolis offices, but offering additional opportunities in other locales, summer associates work closely with the firm's more than 600 attorneys and legal professionals and their clients on a range of matters, from small matters where the summer associate may take on a large role to complex matters in which the summer associate may work as part of a team.

The continued growth and the breadth of Barnes & Thornburg's regional and national representations ensure that if they become associates in our firm, our summer associates know they will be challenged every day working on sophisticated, complex legal problems that have potential ramifications to our clients at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.

Summer associates also are exposed to the firm's pro bono program. At Barnes & Thornburg, pro bono assignments are not reserved for attorneys; summer associates have the opportunity to select the pro bono projects and activities that they want to be involved in and that are important to their own values and beliefs. Barnes & Thornburg has a written pro bono policy confirming that all associates may receive up to 50 hours of billable credit for pro bono work. Find out more about the firm's pro bono efforts.

Like pro bono, Barnes & Thornburg is committed to diversity and inclusion, and building a workplace with people from different backgrounds, ideas and cultures. The firm has made concerted efforts to increase the number of minority attorneys it attracts through participation in various initiatives and through the work of its director of diversity, professional development and inclusion. Barnes & Thornburg understands that its clients appreciate and demand that lawyers who are working on their legal matters come from different races, genders and backgrounds, and that those lawyers benefit from working with and around each other.

Learn more about the firm and our recruiting process at the following links:


Jonathan P. Froemel
Christopher W. Fowlkes
Fort Wayne
Jason T. Clagg
South Bend
Mark J. Adey
William E. Padgett

Sarah Evenson
Director of Law Student Programs