Non-Paid U.S. Copyright Office: Law Clerk Program, Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA)

  • General Website:
  • Program Website:
  • Hosting Service Unit: Copyright
  • Program Contact:
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Law; Copyright Law
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; Visa Holder
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: The U.S. Copyright Office offers 5 law clerk programs. Apply only ONCE for any of these programs, citing your preference in the application. This is 1 of the 5 programs available to students. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but it is suggested to apply at least 3 months in advance of tentative start date. See program website above for further information on application process.
  • Compensation: Non-paid
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: Student Transit (Paperwork and Budget Permitting). LC Internal Discounts.
  • Program Duration: Short-term. At least 10 weeks within summer/spring/fall semester
  • Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Copyright Office Law Clerk Program, Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA) provides volunteer legal internships for talented law students with an interest in copyright law and policy. Law clerks gain valuable experience and insight working with Office attorneys on copyright-related issues that arise within the Office, before Congress and in the courts. PIA assists the Register with critical policy functions of the U.S. Copyright Office, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations.  PIA represents the Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, and provides regular support to Congress and its committees. Law clerks are instrumental in helping to prepare Copyright Office reports for Congress and are frequently called upon to assist with the Office's International work. These Law Clerks are assigned to work in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA).