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Careers in Copyright

Below is a running list of jobs, fellowships, internships and other opportunities in copyright law, as well as resources and events to help you start or advance your career. Have something to post related to copyright law? Please email us.


Posted 5.21.19

Attorney-Advisor - Copyright Office's Office of Public Information & Education 

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works.  The Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Public Information and Education performs authoritative and accurate legal research, provides legal advice to internal staff on all matters of Copyright law, advises on legal matters, and participates in the training of Copyright Office staff and in educational outreach programs.

More information here .

Posted 3.20.19

Senior Legal Editor – Copyright & Media Transactions, Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters business, is seeking an experienced attorney to join our team as a senior legal editor working on copyright and media resources for our Intellectual Property & Technology service. The position requires 8+ years of practice experience, with significant experience in copyright and media transactions. Responsibilities for this role will include the following: conceptualize, draft, edit, and maintain original legal know-how materials, including practice notes, annotated standard-form documents and checklists for online and print publication; establish and maintain relationships with external law firm contributors; assist with the development of special projects; and develop relationships with law firm attorneys, in-house counsel and industry groups to ensure that the IP&T service's content is topical and meets their needs. For more information or to apply for the role, click here.

Posted 12.18.18

Litigation Attorney - IP and Copyright

Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, a fast-growing, DC-based boutique law firm, has a unique opportunity for at least one Mid or Senior Level Litigation Attorneywith top-tier law firm experience. For more information about the position, click here.

Posted 11.7.18

Attorney-Advisor (Copyright) in USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the position, click here.


Posted 9.27.18

NETFLIX - Los Angeles, CA

TITLE: Counsel, Content Intellectual Property

For more information about the position and how to apply:


Posted 9.27.18

NETFLIX - Los Angeles, CA

TITLE: Rights Analyst, Content & Brand IP

For more information about the position and how to apply:


Posted 9.24.18

United States Postal Service - Washington, DC


HOURS: 40 SALARY RANGE: 84,000.00 - 164,500.00 USD Annually

More information click here

How to Apply
You will need to apply via our on-line application process at You will need to create an applicant profile.
Once you are on the website, click "Search our latest job postings" OR select "Start your eCareer profile." You will have an opportunity to upload any requested documents to your profile.

This is a two-step application process requiring you to create a profile and submit an application for the position you are applying for.

You will receive two email confirmations: 
1. An email confirming your profile is complete.
2. After submitting your application you will receive a second email confirming your application has been successfully submitted.


Posted 8.31.18

COWAN, DEBAETS, ABRAHAMS & SHEPPARD LLP, a boutique New York and Beverly Hills law firm focusing on entertainment, digital media and intellectual property, is seeking a junior litigation associate with two years of solid litigation experience (law school class of 2015 or 2016 ONLY) for CDAS’s New York office.  Top credentials: NY bar admission, excellent advocacy, analytical and written and oral communication skills required.  The candidate must have at least two full years of law firm litigation experience with a demonstrated interest in copyright, trademark, media and/or entertainment law. Experience with discovery (including e-discovery), drafting demand letters and conducting sophisticated and complex legal research strongly preferred. Must be a motivated and assertive team player who is genuinely interested in deep involvement in active litigation, gaining greater responsibility and ownership over cases, and helping to support and build a fast-growing litigation practice group.    
Send cover letter with resume and law school transcript to: 


Posted 8.30.18

Media Counsel

As a member of the Cengage Legal Department, the Media Counsel provides legal support to the product development, brand management, and content management teams at Cengage.  
This position provides legal support and guidance relating to intellectual property issues in the context of content acquisition, license interpretation, and risk assessments.  This position serves as legal representative to internal cross-functional working groups, committees, and task forces where advice on intellectual property rights issues is required.  The Media Counsel stays abreast of, and communicates notable development in, current laws, regulations, and judicial decisions relating to intellectual property as they may affect the publishing industry.

Media Counsel
Send resume to:
Posted 8.27.18

Intellectual Property Copyright and Trademark Litigation Associate

The New York office of Ballard Spahr's national IP practice seeks lawyers with three to five years of experience in copyright and trademark litigation, domain name disputes, false advertising, and right of publicity litigation. We require top academic credentials and superb oral and written communication skills. We are particularly interested in former judicial clerks, but this experience is not required.  Active bar license in New York is preferred. 
Ballard Spahr LLP is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply here:


Posted 7.27.18

Mid or Senior Level Litigation Attorney 

Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP

Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, a fast-growing, DC-based boutique law firm, has a rare opportunity for a Mid or Senior Level Litigation Attorney with roughly 3-10 years of top-tier law firm experience.O+Z has a cutting-edge, nationwide practice handling copyright, trademark, anti-piracy, and entertainment matters, with a focus on digital and Internet issues.

The ideal candidate is a team player with strong academic credentials, effective communication skills, keen attention to detail, and the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Copyright or trademark experience preferred but not required. We care deeply about our clients and achieving great results, and want someone who is equally committed.

If you are that person, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter at: .

For more information on the firm, see

Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP is an equal opportunity employer that complies with all applicable federal, state and/or local laws.


Posted 7.19.18

Working out of our Halifax, Nova Scotia head office, the ideal candidate will have experience in contracts administration and management of trademark, copyright and patent clearance, registration, and renewal matters. This role requires a high level of attention to detail, strong client services orientation, and excellent follow up and communication skills. The best candidate likely has training received at a larger law firm or other global business, and is smart, highly organized, efficient, thinks creatively, has a positive work attitude, and is comfortable following directions as well as working independently.

More information here.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter that highlights how your past experience aligns with our environment and requirements to  We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted 6.21.18
Mid-Level Intellectual Property Litigation Associate

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp is seeking a mid-level Intellectual Property Litigation Associate with 3-5 years of experience for the Washington, D.C. office.  Candidate must have knowledge of U.S. copyright law and litigation experience.  Experience in trademark law, copyright statutory licenses, and online privacy policies is a plus.  The successful candidate must have excellent analytical and writing skills, and academic credentials.

Please refer to for more information. 

If interested, send resume, transcript and writing sample to


Posted 5.2.18
Attorney-Advisor (Assistant General Counsel) 

U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Type: Full Time Min.

Posted 3.26.2018
Closing Date: 4.23.2018

Posted 5.2.18
Copyright Specialist (Registration)

U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Type: Full Time Min. Experience: Experienced    

IP Litigation/Patents Staff Attorney


The Houston office of McGuireWoods seeks a Staff Attorney to join the IP Litigation/Patents department. Qualified candidates will have 1 - 3 years of patent prosecution experience, software patent application experience at plus. Candidates must have a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. Strong academic record and excellent writing skills. USPTO and TX Bar admission is required.

Please submit cover letter, resume and transcript. Disclaimer:

At this time, McGuireWoods will not be accepting applicants submitted through search firms or headhunters for this position. All qualified candidates must submit their own applications for consideration.   


Tamara Fairhurst  


Posted 3.7.2018
Mid-level to Senior Associate (Attorney) Leason Ellis LLP 

City: White Plains 


For more information: Click_Here.pdf  


Posted 2.22.18
Director for Innovation and Intellectual Property (Attorney)

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Washington, DC

Type: Full Time Min. Experience: Experienced    


Posted 2/13/18

Attorney Advisor (2 vacancies) - Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, DC


Posted 2/2/18
Legal Secretary/Assistant
for Specialty IP Firm - Asheville, NC office

Sophisticated work with a purpose in the mountains of NC.  Established small firm with national IP practice seeking legal secretary ready to leave the corporate world to serve a unique client base from our Asheville office. 

Qualified applicants will have 3+ years experience as legal secretary or contracts manager for IP or transactional law firm or corporate legal department.  Flagler Law Group serves the legal needs of Christian content organizations by leveraging focused expertise into practical solutions. We are seeking a professional, detail-oriented, solution-driven candidate, who loves to learn and is eager to support our attorneys, serve our clients, and further our mission in a family-friendly work environment. Competitive compensation package with benefits.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Gayle Sawyer: 


·       Bachelor’s degree – 4 years

·       Paralegal or Trademark certificate preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

·       3+ years legal secretary/assistant for sophisticated IP or transactional law firm, OR

·       2+ years as contracts manager in corporate legal department AND executive assistant experience

·       Editing and formatting complex legal agreements and letters

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and law firm file management software

·       Highly skilled with MS Word, including complex formatting and track changes

·       Drafting professional letters and email correspondence with proper grammar

·       Scheduling professional meetings and teleconferences in multiple time zones

·       Booking all aspects of travel

Preferred experience:

·       Processing trademark/copyright/publishing industry documents

·       Conducting legal research (Westlaw or LEXIS) and trademark searches

·       Evaluating and implementing file management and CRM systems

·       Coordinating IT contractors as needed to support office network

·       Designing professional slide decks for presentations

·       Filing documents with government agencies

·       Closing corporate transactions/purchase agreements

·       Administering license agreements

·       Performing due diligence

·       Preparing and formatting litigation briefs and tracking discovery


·       Energized by serving others, in this case attorneys in two offices

·       Genuine commitment to further the mission of the firm

·       Exceptional attention to detail and deadlines

·       Excellent professional judgment

·       Humility and empathy, relates to our clients

·       Self-aware, pleasant, mature

·       Intelligent and willing to learn the practice

·       Takes initiative to organize office projects and systems

·       Natural problem solver and able to work under short periods of high stress (a few times a month, as projects/clients require)

·       Willing to do personal errands for employer

·       Highly professional verbal and written communication skills

·       Collaborates well with others as a team player

·       More introverted than extroverted, comfortable in a quiet office

·       Reliable, trustworthy, maintains confidentiality

Work Environment:

·       Short term:  flexible, open to part- or full-time

·       Long term:  full time

·       For proven candidate, open to commuting portion of first year

·       Business casual attire

·       Downtown office


Posted 2/2/18
Associate Attorney, Leason Ellis LLP, White Plains, NY

Who we are:

World Trademark Review has described Leason Ellis as a “nimble boutique” with attorneys who “can easily go head to head with the elite of the IP scene.”  We think this sums us up nicely.  We are a young and growing firm headquartered in White Plains, New York.  Our top notch attorneys hail from “big law” and the top IP boutiques in Manhattan, but our approach to client service is uniquely our own.   

Requirements - Who you are:

You are a motivated, knowledgeable trademark and copyright attorney with ~1 to 4 years of experience.  You have outstanding issue spotting skills, superior writing chops and a keen eye for detail.  You have business sense, common sense and the ability to advocate.  You’re articulate, and folks would describe you as collegial and fun.  You have the desire and capability to write an article or speak publicly once in a while.  You have excellent academic credentials, and you’re curious about what Leason Ellis could do for your career.

How to apply

Introduce yourself:

Please send your resume to Peter Sloane, who heads the Trademark and Copyright Practice Group at our firm, by e-mail to  No need for a cover letter, although it would be a good idea to say something attention getting or at least marginally interesting in the e-mail.



Posted 10/23/17
Boutique entertainment law firm seeking an experienced associate attorney to join our team.

Our firm handles a wide range of transactional matters operating primarily in the music industry. Our growing client roster includes several prominent songwriters, performing artists, musical estates and music publishers. Our attorneys are well regarded in the field for their copyright expertise and deal-making ability. You will join three partners and assist in advising our clients on complex copyright law issues and facilitating large-scale transactions such as catalogue sales and acquisitions. We operate a highly collaborative office and expect our team members to share our enthusiasm for, and dedication to, the practice.  The location of the position is in New York City.

  • Consult with partners and provide assistance throughout all aspects of large-scale transactions (e.g., copyright research, song file and contract review, preparation of contract summaries and other due diligence related matters; contract drafting and review; closing document preparation)
  • Prepare and serve notices of termination pursuant to the US Copyright Act, including conducting works research and copyright review, data entry and contract analysis
  • Conduct legal research projects and draft memoranda of law for partners and clients
  • Draft various types of contracts and facilitate negotiations with third parties regarding revisions; prepare mark-ups in response to contracts received from third parties on behalf of clients
  • Structure, draft and review reports and other legal documents
  • Oversee document management matters and work with paralegals and support staff to establish and maintain cohesive electronic document filing system
  • Track documents throughout negotiation and execution process


  • Admission to the New York bar
  • 2-4 years of comparable experience as a practicing attorney
  • Proven background in transactional matters involving contracts - candidates with experience in the music industry strongly preferred
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently navigate and analyze contracts
  • Impeccable drafting skills
  • Relentless attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and navigating internet and web applications generally - familiarity with US Copyright Office, ASCAP and/or BMI repertoire databases a plus

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to:

Posted 8/9/2017
Part-time Attorney

Posted 8/9/2017
Business Affairs -Literary

Posted 3/30/2017
VP, Senior Counsel, Business Affairs, National Music Publishers Association

Posted 3/6/2017
Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager, Ball State University, Muncie, IN



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Volunteer Work

For volunteer opportunities, please contact the CSUSA office.


The following websites regularly list opportunities in copyright law (list in progress):

ILP Foundry: Internet law and policy jobs, fellowships, and internships
USA Jobs: Federal government positions
Library of Congress: Careers at the Library of Congress and Copyright Office
Entertainment Careers: Directory of entertainment law positions
Martindale: Directory of small firm positions in copyright law
American Intellectual Property Law Association: Intellectual property jobs
UNC Center for Media Law & Policy: Intellectual property jobs
Federal Communications Commission: Legal and non-legal positions with the FCC

The following organizations regularly offer internships and fellowships in copyright law (list in progress):

The Harry Fox Agency
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, NY Legal Fellows
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, NY Legal Internships
The U.S. Copyright Office Fellowships and Internships

Job Advice:

"How to Get a Job in Tech Policy: Corporate Lawyering," The Foundry.
"How to Get a Job in Tech Policy: Intellectual Property Law," The Foundry.
Careers in Music: Guide to positions in the music business.
Learning Path: Summary of copyright job salaries and pros and cons.
"The Copyright and New Media Newsletter Editorial," Basic overview of a career in copyright law.


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