If you hang around for two years and get this GS-15 position you are making above 120 (you will have time in grade and will likely have moved 1 GS grade up the lader. Is the extra 30-50k at a firm really worth losing 30 days paid vacation which you are usually forced to take. (Yes I was forced to use my leave days once). Or coming home at night? As far as interesting work MO...Understaffed means there are fewer people to handle the real work. That tells me I will be doing more of it. The government can afford for you to be a glorified paralegal as sands said. They need you to be a lawyer
Anyways bottom line you can make 100k at the DOJ or any ohter federal attorneys office as they are on the same pay system. If not your first year defenitly in your first or third. Most of there mid level jobs are filled in house. Check this out with 2 years experience.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
ASSET FORFEITURE AND MONEY LAUNDERING SECTION
TRIAL ATTORNEY, GS-905-13/14/15
About the Office: The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney to fill a position in the International Programs Unit of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section in Washington, D.C.
The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section investigates and prosecutes complex money laundering and asset forfeiture cases and provides support on asset forfeiture and money laundering issues to each of the 93 United States Attorneys’ offices and the component agencies.
Opportunity Offered: The incumbent’s responsibilities will include:
Provide case support and legal advice to AUSAs and foreign officials in money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and proceedings and on other related matters with international sensitivities;
Handle litigation relating to the execution of incoming requests from foreign officials that will require the filing of restraining order applications and applications to enforce foreign judgments as well as litigation in conjunction with the litigation unit of AFMLS and US Attorneys Offices relating to the forfeiture of assets beyond U.S. borders;
Provide technical assistance to foreign governments and international organizations on the drafting and implementation of money laundering and asset forfeiture legislation;
Assist in the development of USG policy in international forfeiture and money laundering matters through participation on inter-agency working groups and international organizations and bodies;
Provide international money laundering and asset forfeiture training to domestic and foreign law enforcement; and
Participate in negotiations and consultations with foreign governments concerning forfeiture cooperation and international asset sharing.
Qualifications:Excellent academic credentials; federal criminal litigation experience; diplomatic experience or experience with public international organizations, strong advocacy and legal writing skills; sound judgment; excellent interpersonal, public speaking and diplomatic skills; and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
Required qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least two (2) years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Familiarity with money laundering and asset forfeiture law and international criminal law is highly desired.
Proficiency in a foreign language is strongly desired.
Travel: Routine travel will be required for conferences and litigation work throughout the United States. Foreign travel is also required.
Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience determine the appropriate salary level. The possible range for a GS-13 position is $77,353 to $100,554 a GS-14 position is $91,407 To $118,828 and a GS-15 position is $107,521 to $139,774 per annum. (See OPM’s Web page at www.opm.gov/oca/payrates/index.htm
Location: Washington, D.C.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.
and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a detailed resume or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) or SF-171 (Application for Federal Employment) and a current performance evaluation, if applicable.
Applicants need not submit a separate application for each position. Please indicate on your application for which position(s) you would like to be considered. Please forward all required documents to:
U.S. Department of Justice
1400 New York Ave. NW,
Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
Bond Building, Suite 10100
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Dace Krastkalns, Administrative Officer
If you prefer to fax your documents, you can do so at (202) 514-5522. All applications must be received by July 27, 2006. Applications received after that date will not be considered.
Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at http://10.173.2.12/oarm/attvacancies.html
For more information about the Criminal Division and the Counterterrorism Section, visit the Criminal Division Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/criminal-home.html
Department Policies: 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 person selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. Employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced.