We're Hiring! Apply to be our Copyright Law and Policy Fellow!

| August 03, 2022

CIPPIC is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic early career lawyer to support our public interest mandate in the area of copyright law and policy.

CIPPIC’s Copyright Law and Policy Fellow will work closely with CIPPIC’s team of staff lawyers and student interns on a range of copyright law and policy matters in Canada and beyond. Specifically, the Fellow will:

  • provide legal support to libraries and archives in Canada and other countries to support their efforts to digitize and otherwise improve the accessibility of their collections;
  • work with organizations promoting greater accessibility to copyrighted works to address legal questions;
  • develop guides and other educational materials on copyright law and policy to benefit a range of stakeholders;
  • support CIPPIC's staff lawyers in preparing submissions to courts, government consultative processes, and other bodies on questions of copyright law and policy.

Position Information

Type: Clinical legal fellowship
Start date: Negotiable (but the sooner the better)
Duration: One year
Salary: CAD $50,000 per year

Required Qualifications

  • J.D., LL.B, or equivalent degree;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in copyright law;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion;
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly; and
  • Willingness to work overtime as required.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Membership in good standing with a Canadian law society;
  • 1-2 years of law practice experience, preferably in the area of copyright law; 
  • Experience in working with students; and
  • Fluency in French.

If selected, a recent law school graduate may use this position to fulfill the articling requirements for admission to the bar in a Canadian jurisdiction.

The successful candidate may work with us remotely, or in person if they already reside in the Ottawa-Gatineau region or wish to move here for the duration of the position. The ability to work in-person will depend on the state of the public health situation during the one-year term of the position.

We will consider applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

How to Apply

Please prepare the following materials for submission as a single PDF file (maximum 10 MB):

  • a cover letter;
  • your resume or CV;
  • the names of two references;
  • your law school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
  • a 3-5 page writing sample (an excerpt of a longer work is fine).

Please follow the (firstname-lastname.pdf) file naming convention in preparing your PDF. Once your materials are assembled, follow the link below for our online application form, which will then direct you to upload your application materials in PDF format.

Please direct any questions to admin [at] cippic [dot] ca

CIPPIC and the University of Ottawa are equal opportunity employers. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities.

In alignment with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

In alignment with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the University of Ottawa will provide accommodations upon request during the recruitment, selection, and assessment process for candidates with a disability.