US Copyright Office – Barbara A. Ringer Honors Program (3L/4LE)



U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright Administrative Services Office

101 Independence Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20540


Submit by Email ONLY:

Subject: Name and Desired Start Date (“Jane Smith Fall 2021”)


Seeking 3Ls, LLMs, JLCs, and Recent Grads (graduating w/in last 5 years) for 1-2 paid (GS 11-14), 18-24-month Honors Program beginning each year in September. Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Policy and International Affairs, the Office of the Register, and/or the Registration Program on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters.

The Office administers copyright law, provides technical advice to Congress on domestic and international intellectual property matters and proposed changes in copyright law. It assists in drafting legislation and legislative reports and maintains a public record through registration of claims and recordation of documents, conducts rulemakings, and issues copyright regulations. The Office of General Counsel interprets legal aspects of the Copyright Act and other statutory provisions related to copyright. The Office of Policy and International Affairs assists in advising Congress and executive branch agencies on domestic and international policy matters. The Office of the Register supports critical projects and priorities, including legislative and policy initiatives, operations and public outreach. The Registration Program Office oversees administration of the copyright registration system.


Demonstrated interest or background in copyright matters, and possess excellent research, writing, and editing abilities. Bar membership not required. Positions usually limited to U.S. citizens.


By Sun., Jan. 31, 2021 (2021 program) and beginning on Sun., Aug. 1, 2021 (2022 program), submit (as single PDF, titled with name and intended start date) resume, law school transcript, writing sample (not substantially edited by others), contact information (name, title, organization, street and email addresses, phone numbers) for 3 academic and/or professional references, and statement of interest in and qualifications for program. Candidates will be contacted in 3-4 months to schedule in-person interviews in DC. Telephonic interviews may be available for candidates unable to travel to DC. Selection is based on academic performance, work experience, writing skills, interview performance, references, and interest/expertise in copyright law and policy.



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Office of Career Development and Opportunities