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Art Externship


An Art Externship for academic credit is available thru the KU Law School’s Field Placement Program for a KU law student who has an interest in legal issues related to museums and the arts. The extern position is assigned as needed to work on matters of concern to the staff at the Spencer Museum of Art. The position is supervised by an attorney in the KU General Counsel’s Office.

Sponsored jointly by the KU School of Law and the Office of the General Counsel, the Art Externship position is for a second- or third-year student in good standing at the KU School of Law. The extern ideally will have completed, or be currently enrolled in, courses in contract law and intellectual property law, including copyright. The extern’s tasks are expected to include research, drafting, and analysis concerning:

• Copyright, including licensing and fair use of works, and researching status, holders and works that have passed into the public domain; • Contracts, including, among others, consulting agreements, contracts with artists to create commissioned works, publication agreements, release forms (e.g., photography and video); • Museum’s relationship with students and others who create works either as independent contractors or as workers for hire; • Collection of payments not remitted; and • Various other matters, possibly including reviews of laws that apply to standards and practices for collecting works, ownership claims, and determinations of provenance.

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