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Riksaasen Dahl is a graduate from both the University of Oslo (1970, cand.mag. degree) and MF Norwegian School of Theology (1990, cand.theol. degree). Dahl worked as a teacher from 1970 to 1980, and as a Christian educator (cathecist) from 1980 to 1984. She held teaching positions at the MF Norwegian School of Theology, as assistant professor from 1984 to 1986 and associate professor from 1990 to 1995 in the field of Christian education.
From 1995 to 2002 she worked first as a vicar and then as a priest before being appointed bishop in 2002. She was consecrated as a bishop on February 9, 2003 as the second female bishop in the history of Norway.
- Tunsberg bispedømmeråd 2006-2010 in Norwegian
- Bishop of Tunsberg Diocese
- Laila Riksaasen Dahl, Norway's second Lutheran woman bishop