Summer Program

Our summer associate program, designed to introduce you to our work and the collegial nature of the firm, is not only our primary way of hiring new associates, but also our primary way of hiring our future leaders.  The goal of our summer program is to give you a realistic view of work at the firm while also providing a range of activities to introduce you to the firm's leaders, the nature of the firm’s practice, and the opportunities and lifestyles available in Wilmington. We select our summer associates carefully, with the expectation that each summer associate will succeed and become a full-time associate of our firm upon graduation.

Rotation System
Summer associates are asked to rank their practice area preferences prior to their arrival in May. Each will be assigned to a department in which to start and will change departments midway through the summer. In addition, summer associates are encouraged to seek out work opportunities in practice areas other than the ones in which they are currently working. This enables summer associates to experience the diversity of the firm’s practice and gain an understanding of the differences in the types of legal work available at Richards Layton. Many summer associates opt to spend part of the summer in a litigation-oriented department and the balance of the summer in a transaction-oriented department. The rotation system also allows summer associates to meet and work with a number of directors and associates at the firm.

Mentor System
During each rotation, a director and an associate serve as the summer associate’s mentors. These mentors help introduce you to the firm, coordinate your work, and respond to any questions or issues that you may have. In addition, junior associates partner with summer associates on an informal basis to assist in their orientation to the firm and to life in Wilmington.

Professional Growth
We provide regular feedback to our summer associates to help expand their skills during the course of the summer.  Summer associates receive formal evaluations twice during the summer—at the midpoint and at the end of the program.  In addition to these formal evaluations, lawyers providing assignments are also strongly encouraged to provide informal feedback to summer associates as each assignment is completed.

Practice and Community
Summer associates are given the same level of work and responsibility that is given to full-time associates, including the opportunity to attend trials, hearings, depositions and transactional closings and to meet with clients. In addition, informal seminars and luncheons provide summer associates with the chance to learn about and discuss various aspects of the firm’s practice. A variety of social and cultural activities help to introduce summer associates to the firm’s attorneys and to the Wilmington area.