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Civil Legal Assistance

For every $1 invested
in civil legal assistance,

$6.70 goes back into the community.


The Indiana Bar Foundation is a leader in improving access to the civil legal system for all Hoosiers. By supporting civil legal assistance and pro bono organizations, law students, attorneys, and self-represented litigants, the programs of the Indiana Bar Foundation advance our legal system and improve civil legal assistance for all Hoosiers.


Through the support of generous donors, the Indiana Bar Foundation offers several scholarships for current law students. Loan repayment assistance is also available for licensed attorneys working at civil legal assistance organizations.

Loan Repayment Assistance

The Indiana Bar Foundation Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is designed to help offset student loan costs for law school graduates who enter into a professional career with a qualifying Indiana civil legal aid program and to assist civil legal aid organizations in recruiting and retaining qualified lawyers. Applications for both programs will open Fall, 2024.


The Indiana Bar Foundation administers several funds earmarked for the provision of civil legal aid. The Indiana Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program, was created in 1997 as a mechanism to enable low-income Hoosiers to have access to the civil justice system. This access is supported through annual grants to civil legal assistance organizations. In partnership with the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Bar Foundation distributes $1.5M annually in IOLTA grants. IOLTA grant applications are due annually on May 1.

Unclaimed & Unidentified Funds

Starting January 1, 2023, the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) is accepting unclaimed and unidentified lawyer trust account funds from attorneys, law firms, or estates of deceased attorneys after diligent efforts are made to identify and locate the rightful owner pursuant to Rule 1.15(h) of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct. Find required forms and a FAQ here.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono Reporting

Please access this Pro Bono Frequently Asked Questions resource providing answers to key questions often asked about Pro Bono reporting.

The Pro Bono Opportunity Guide

The Pro Bono Opportunity Guide is a statewide volunteer matching tool for legal professionals interested in volunteering and legal assistance providers who need volunteers.