“I chose RLF because I truly felt at home the moment I walked in the door for my callback interview. As a summer associate, my assignments were intellectually stimulating and I felt like I was a valuable member of the team.”
-Kevin Kidwell, 2020 Summer Associate
“My summer associate position at RLF allowed me to work with attorneys who are the best in their fields and get hands-on exposure to a variety of assignments in different practice areas. More than that, I found amazing mentors, wonderful summer classmates, and a family at RLF. It was one of the BEST summers, filled with meaningful work and fun experiences!”
-Anastasia Bowes, 2020 Summer Associate
“I chose the RLF summer program because I wanted to be exposed to a high level of practice without needing to be in a big city. RLF has a close-knit culture while simultaneously working on the forefront of corporate law.”
-Melissa Lagoumis, 2020 Associate
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Richards Layton offers attorneys the unique opportunity to work on globally significant matters at a firm that feels more like a small town. With a partner to associate ratio of about 1:1, our junior attorneys receive personal attention, intellectual challenge, and early responsibility. As recognized by Law360 and major ranking directories, the firm stands out in almost every major Delaware litigation venue. And by standing out in Delaware, the home of corporate law, the firm stands out nationwide.
One location—Wilmington, DE—with approximately 160 lawyers
Associate starting salary: $175,000/annually. Summer associate salary: $3,365/week.
Each summer associate is mentored by a director and an associate
The firm pays all health insurance premiums for you and your dependents
The firm contributes to associates’ retirement accounts annually after completion of their second year of practice
New associates get $10,000 bar study stipend, plus bar review courses and exam application fees
On-site, state-of-the-art fitness center, open 24/7 and free to all employees
Associates are eligible for partnership (director) consideration after 8 years
We conduct on-campus interviews at several law schools and participate in multiple job fairs each year. Please check back in the spring for a list of specific dates. In the interim, we encourage you to submit your application materials to our application portal. Please contact Samantha Stern, Hiring Manager, at email@example.com with any questions.
Watch the video below to learn some on-campus interview tips from our firm’s president, Doneene Damon, and chief legal talent officer, Melissa Lennon.
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Richards Layton attorneys are committed to serving their community through pro bono work and volunteer efforts. This commitment starts early: our associates are encouraged to join the firm’s pro bono teams in their first year. The teams offer many opportunities to serve, from representing marginalized and underserved members of our community to advising and sitting on non-profit boards. Richards Layton is the Delaware member of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, and through Lex Mundi our attorneys can assist national and global organizations with pro bono matters. The firm understands the importance of pro bono work, and our pro bono program gives attorneys the opportunity to use their time and talents to enrich others as well as themselves.
Diversity & Inclusion
At Richards Layton, we value diversity in everything we do. From our senior leaders to our newest hires, from our clients to the organizations we support, diversity is our strength. Our president is the first African American to lead a major Delaware law firm, and many diverse individuals are in leadership roles throughout the firm. Richards Layton is an active sponsor of organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession. Our attorneys serve as mentors to diverse first-year law students, and we participate in a program focused on hiring diverse first-year law students as summer associates. And our commitment goes beyond law students and associates, as we work to support diversity at every stage of our lawyers’ professional development.