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Attorney General's Honors Program Asset Forfeiture Fellowship

Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice


Trial attorneys in the three-year Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program participate in cutting-edge litigation as members of the Forfeiture Unit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS). The Forfeiture Unit leads MLARS' efforts to prosecute and coordinate complex, sensitive asset forfeiture investigations and cases. The Unit is developing an emerging role in the investigation and prosecution of professional money launderers with an emphasis on gatekeepers to the financial system such as attorneys and accountants. The Unit's trial attorneys also serve as the Criminal Division's experts on domestic forfeiture and, in this role, provide advice to other Division attorneys and United States Attorneys' Offices. In addition to their work with the Forfeiture Unit, trial attorneys in the Fellowship Program will participate in extensive training and two detail opportunities. Following completion of the Fellowship Program, trial attorneys will be competitive for federal prosecutor positions, particularly as asset forfeiture and money laundering prosecutors in United States Attorneys' Offices.


At the conclusion of the three-year program, our trial attorneys will be able to:

  1. Apply the appropriate asset forfeiture and money laundering statutes, case law, rules and regulations, and policies to a particular set of facts.
  2. Lead a financial investigation and recommend either civil litigation or criminal prosecution.
  3. Assess, organize, and litigate civil and criminal asset forfeiture actions.
  4. Litigate effectively in federal courts around the country.
  5. Address policy, legislative, and program operation issues with the goal of improving and enhancing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program.
  6. Develop positive working relationships with other members of the asset forfeiture and broader law enforcement community.


Trial attorneys in the Fellowship Program will be hired through the Attorney General's Honors Program for a three-year term. There is no guarantee of employment at the end of the three-year term. More information about the Attorney General's Honors Program, including hiring eligibility and application requirements, is available at

For more information about MLARS and its other units, please visit:

Click here to view the Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program brochure.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace, and the candidate(s) selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. Employment opportunities are also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice. For conditions of employment, please see

Updated August 11, 2023