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Recruitment & Outreach

We work diligently to attract qualified diverse candidates.

Our recruiting efforts emphasize diversity and community involvement, and our firm policies focus on retention and promotion for all qualified attorneys, paralegals and staff.

  • We actively participate in affinity career fairs and job fairs locally and nationally.
  • Our Employment Committee and other hiring personnel undergo training in interviewing skills.
  • We are identified as an Equal Opportunity Employer in all employment-related activities.


Thompson Coburn actively participates in a number of pipeline programs that promote careers in the legal profession to diverse students, including the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Street Law Program. The program gives St. Louis area high school students the opportunity to learn more about important legal issues and receive mentoring.

Other programs include:

  • St. Louis 1L Diversity Clerkship Program
  • St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP)
  • Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER)
  • ACC Summer Intern Program
  • Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship

Street Law


  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • D.C. Road Show
  • Harris-Stowe State University Career Fair
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Job Fair
  • National LGBTQ+ Bar Association Lavender Law Career Fair
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Fall Job Fair for Vets
  • Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Spring Job Fair
  • St. Louis 1L Diversity Clerkship Program
  • St. Louis 1L Diversity Expo
  • St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
  • St. Louis Public Library Career Fair
  • Warrior Transition Network Job Fair

Thompson Coburn actively supports the recruitment of diverse candidates, including participating in the first-ever job fair hosted by the St. Louis Public Library. The event allowed Thompson Coburn to showcase its commitment to providing a broad variety of employment opportunities to the St. Louis area.


Thompson Coburn takes a proactive approach to recruiting diverse attorneys. We consciously reach out to law student associations at schools across the country to cultivate personal relationships with diverse law students and build a pipeline of diverse recruits.

Current colleges and universities

  • DePaul University, Chicago
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Louis University
  • The University of Chicago
  • Tulane University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Missouri
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Washington University

2022 Eagleton Scholarship awarded to Beth Althouse and Haleigh Hoskins


Thompson Coburn supports national and local legal organizations that promote diversity within the legal profession. Our attorneys participate in, and/or the Firm financially supports, organizations such as:

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA)
  • Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP)
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Diversity Lab
  • Equality Texas Foundation
  • Forward Through Ferguson
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Law Firm Anti-racism Alliance (LFAA)
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
  • Mound City Bar Association
  • National Bar Association (NBA)
  • National LGBTQ+ Bar Association
  • PROMO Urbanaire
  • Women Lawyers' Association (WLA)