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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 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:

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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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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
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