“As a summer associate at Richards Layton, I learned from the best corporate law attorneys in the country and was regularly assigned to meaningful projects involving complex, fascinating matters. I was excited to go to work every day because everyone at the firm was extremely welcoming, encouraging, and devoted to my development as a junior aspiring attorney!”

-Andres Castillo, 2023 Summer Associate

“I have spent two summers at Richards, Layton & Finger guided by many exceptional attorneys. I gained a profound appreciation for Delaware law and its close-knit legal community and I am confident that anyone who experiences a summer at Richards will surely be apprised of its value as well!”

-Dani Bell, 2022 & 2023 Summer Associate

“I joined RLF due to the firm’s incredible reputation and support throughout the interview process. My time as a summer associate was a great mix of fun activities and meaningful work assignments.”

-Hannah Ryan, 2023 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: $210,000/annually. Summer associate salary: $4,038/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 later this spring for the list of dates. In the interim, please contact Samantha Stern, Hiring Manager, at stern@rlf.com with questions.

    Columbia Law School
    Cornell Law School
    Delaware Diversity Job Fair
    Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
    Duke University School of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School
    The George Washington University Law School
    Howard University School of Law
    The University of Iowa College of Law
    University of Maryland School of Law
    University of Michigan Law School
    Notre Dame Law School
    University of North Carolina School of Law
    University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    Penn State Dickinson Law
    Penn State Law
    Southeastern Minority Job Fair
    Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
    Tulane University School of Law (New York Interview Program)
    Vanderbilt Law School
    Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
    University of Virginia School of Law
    Wake Forest University School of Law
    Washington and Lee University School of Law
    Widener University Delaware Law School
    William & Mary Law School
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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