Professional Development

Richards Layton is an exceptional place to build your career.  Our prominent lawyers and clients—along with our training system and collaborative environment—provide an extraordinary opportunity for professional and personal development.  Richards Layton has long been recognized as a premier law firm that develops Delaware’s finest lawyers.  We maintain a robust training program and support formal and informal mentoring efforts to help associates develop the talent and the professional relationships that will enable them to become the next generation of leaders in our firm and our jurisdiction.

Training

We maintain a formal training program designed to advance our associates’ legal skills and knowledge in general and practice-specific ways.  Our training sessions, which are led by directors, senior lawyers, and outside experts, focus on developing practical expertise in critical areas such as legal writing, negotiating, interpreting financial statements and valuing companies, as well as providing nuanced, up-to-the-minute understanding of legal developments.  Each department works with our professional training team to offer sessions that relate directly to the work done by each practice and the needs of the associates in the group. 

In addition to our in-house training program, we encourage all of our lawyers to participate in continuing legal education programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association and other providers of legal education. These programs offer the added benefit of allowing our associates to develop contacts with lawyers from around the country, and to interact with and learn from some of the leading lawyers in the world.

Mentoring

We believe that fostering strong relationships with directors offers our associates opportunities to gain valuable insight and acquire the tools  necessary to successfully manage their careers.  In an effort to promote these relationships, the firm sponsors a formal mentoring program that begins, for full-time associates, after they have spent one year at the firm.  At that point, the associate is matched with a director of the associate’s choice who acts as that associate’s mentor. The mentor meets regularly with the mentee, providing the associate with feedback and identifying opportunities for the associate’s professional development.  In addition to their formal mentor, associates have a director within their department that coordinates their work.  These pairings are changed annually so that an associate can form close working relationships with several directors in different stages of their careers.