Most people I know avoid jury duty, but if you’re interested in the legal process and want to get paid to help lawyers be their best in court, you can get paid to be a mock juror.
What is a mock juror?
As the name suggests, a mock juror isn’t part of a real jury, but instead someone who offers a testing ground for an attorney preparing a court case. Some mock juror work takes place in actual courtrooms, but more and more, with the use of audio, video and text, mock jurors can review court information online and then answer questions for the attorney.
What do mock jurors get paid?
While in-person mock jurors can get paid as much as $150, online mock jurors usually are paid from $10 to $60. The challenge of being a mock juror is making a living from it. Like surveys, opportunities to sit on a mock jury aren’t regular. Signing up for several companies can increase the amount of juries you’re able to do, but it’s still unlikely you’ll be able to make a stable living from it. Being a mock juror is best for earning mad money.
What does it take to be a mock juror?
Basic requirements to be a mock juror include:
- Must be age 18.
- Must be a U. S. citizen.
- Cannot be a convicted felon, or under indictment for a felony charge and some misdemeanor crimes.
- Cannot be a lawyer, paralegal, or legal assistant, or work in some areas of the insurance industry.
- Need basic reading and writing skills.
Once you’re accepted by the mock jury company, you may need to meet additional requirements to be included in a mock case. Similar to surveys, many lawyers are looking for the feedback from specific demographics. As a result, you’ll be asked to do a survey that asks a lot of questions, such as age, gender, marital status, education level, occupation, etc, as a way to determine which mock juries you’re a fit for.
What does it cost to become an online juror?
Nothing. Any company that asks for money to be an online juror should be suspect. Legitimate online juror companies won’t charge you.
What are some companies I can apply to be a mock juror?
If being a mock juror sounds fun or interesting, check out these companies.
If you’d like to be an in-person mock juror in your community earning at least $100, check out Sign Up Direct.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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