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Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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Company name

Wikimedia Foundation Inc.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type



USA San Francisco, CA

Date Last Verified

Nov 20,2017

Posted on

Sep 01,2017

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Legal Fellow (Spring ‘18) Duties: As the Foundation faces a myriad of legal issues ranging from complex copyright questions to international freedom of speech issues to mobile development to internal corporate compliance, will be assigned challenging projects based on their particular interests and strengths. Handle projects range from researching various legal questions to drafting licensing agreements to develop internal and external policies. Will receive individualized projects and will be expected to spearhead under the supervision and guidance of an attorney from the Legal Department. Will work closely with their supervising attorney - attending and participating in internal and external meetings, collaborating on projects, receiving feedback and support, and generally learning about the practical dimensions of practicing law in-house at a web-based company. Will work with an intern/fellow’s university to facilitate earning academic credits and/or receiving funding for the intern/fellow’s time at the Foundation.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: A current Law student or recent law school graduate passionate about free knowledge and open source issues. In-house experience with specific education and training in the areas of Internet law and free knowledge organizations. High energy for and commitment to the Foundation’s free knowledge mission, including an interest in free culture issues, open source software, Creative Commons licensing, etc. A very good sense of humor and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, multitasking environment that demands fast turn-around. Intellectual curiosity and flexibility that makes them enjoy tackling difficult and ambiguous problems in creative ways. Students with strong research backgrounds are preferred. Experience working with large online user communities (or at least the desire to). Students with experience with wikis or projects are preferred. The ability to flourish in a highly transparent and collaborative environment and work on a team with diverse demographic and cultural characteristics. Multilingual students (especially German, French, and/or Italian) are a plus. Excellent writing skills that can be adapted to communicate complex legal concepts to a large audience with varying (or no) backgrounds in law. Students with experience and/or coursework in drafting agreements and/or policies are preferred. Completed coursework in some or all of the following areas of law: internet law, freedom of speech (domestic and international), intellectual property, contract drafting, international law, privacy, data security, and/or licensing. While coursework in these areas or have experience in these areas are heavily preferred.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
149 New Montgomery Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105