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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 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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