“Immediately upon joining RLF as a summer associate, I felt welcomed as a team member and was given opportunities to contribute on substantive work assignments. I'm returning to RLF as an associate because the firm truly fosters collaboration and mentorship, and I look forward to working alongside the top experts in corporate law.”

-AJ Dillione, 2022 Summer Associate

“My summer experience at RLF provided the perfect mix of energizing, challenging, and meaningful work. Every attorney and mentor I met inspired me to contribute my best, and I had more fun along the way than I ever could have imagined!”

-Kendall Dunne, 2022 Summer Associate

“I chose to work at Richards, Layton & Finger as a summer associate because of the firm’s excellent reputation as a leader in business law. Over the summer I was able to experience why Richards, Layton & Finger has this reputation, by working with clients, drafting legal memorandums on important client matters, and being mentored by some of the best lawyers in Delaware.”

-Samantha Jonjo, 2022 Summer Associate

Law Students & Associates

practicing at richards layton

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.

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Richards Layton director Rich Rollo’s oral argument in Baldwin v. New Wood Resources LLC

Richards Layton director Rich Rollo’s oral argument in <em>Baldwin v. New Wood Resources LLC</em>

quick facts


One location—Wilmington, DE—with approximately 180 lawyers


Associate starting salary: $190,000/annually. Summer associate salary: $3,654/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

  • On-Campus Interviews

    Samantha Stern

    Hiring Manager

    T 302.651.7520

    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, please contact Samantha Stern, Hiring Manager, at stern@rlf.com with questions.

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Nate Stuhlmiller discusses Takeaways from the Tulane Corporate Law Institute

Nate Stuhlmiller discusses Takeaways from the Tulane Corporate Law Institute

pro bono

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.

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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.

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Samantha Stern

Hiring Manager

T 302.651.7520


Melissa Lennon

Chief Legal Talent Officer

T 302.651.7750


Kevin M. Gallagher

Chair, Hiring Committee

T 302.651.7692