The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. MLARS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies and to community groups within the United States, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
For more information, please visit MLARS' website at https://www.justice.gov/criminal-mlars.
Our law student volunteers work directly with our trial attorneys on cutting-edge issues relating to section cases involving domestic and international asset forfeiture, money laundering, kleptocracy, and criminal violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and IEEPA. Assignments will vary but may include legal research, drafting pleadings and motions, analyzing policy issues, and drafting section publications. Law student volunteers also may participate in local section-sponsored training, as well as training programs offered by the Department for volunteers.
Applicants must be in their first year of law school (second semester) or beyond. Applicants should have: (1) a strong academic background, (2) excellent research, writing, and communication skills, and (3) a strong interest in criminal law, particularity in the areas of asset forfeiture, money laundering, or financial investigations. Because of the sensitive nature of the work, applicants must pass a background check before a formal offer for an internship can be extended.
Law student volunteers must work a minimum of 8 weeks (10 weeks preferred), full-time or part-time (at least 20 hours/week).
Please submit via e-mail a cover letter (including dates available and reasons for applying to MLARS), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and two references.
Application materials should be e-mailed to AFMLS.email@example.com. Please include your name and "Law Student Volunteer Application" in the subject line.
The deadline for Fall 2019 applications is March 31, 2019.
The deadline for Spring 2020 applications is May 31, 2020
The deadline for Summer 2020 applications is November 1, 2019.
The deadline for Fall 2020 applications is February 3, 2020.
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Interviews generally will be conducted by telephone.