Did you know that you can make money as an online juror? You can and here’s how.
When trying some cases, lawyers will seek out a mock jury to hear the case before it goes to trial. These virtual trials, or “e-trials”, help lawyers receive feedback from online jurors and better prepare their cases for trial.
To become an online juror, you will usually need to meet a few basic requirements. You should:
- be at least 18 years of age
- be a U.S. citizen
- reside in the district where the case will be heard if it goes to trial
Once you successfully complete the online jury application process, you will be notified of cases that you qualify for and can choose the ones you want to review.
Most cases involve receiving the case facts and providing feedback through a questionnaire, but some cases may require online (think Zoom!) or in-person participation.
Serving as an online juror can be a great way to earn extra money from home, but assignments can be infrequent. It’s more likely to be a side income than a steady job. Online juror pay ranges from $5 to $60 or more, depending on the length of the case.
Payment methods can vary from service to service, but the most common are check or PayPal. Sound interesting? Check out these seven sites where you can earn money by serving as an online mock juror.
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How to Make Money as an Online Juror
1. Online Verdict
Established by trial consultants, Online Verdict provides a lot of information on their website to help you get started as an online juror. Begin by applying to qualify an online juror. Once accepted, you’ll be invited to review eligible cases via email.
If interested in a case, you accept the invitation, receive and review the case details and answer the questions about the case.
The average time commitment for an Online Verdict case is 20-60 minutes, with typical payments ranging from $20-$60 per case. Juror are paid monthly via check and how much you will be paid for a case is noted in your email invitation.
Sign up as an online juror for Online Verdict
2. First Court
First Court specializes in full-day and multi-day trials across the U.S. While most of their events are in-person trials with some online components, they do conduct fully online trials as well. Online jurors must have a working webcam and be willing to provide video feedback.
When registering, you will be asked to enter your email address and select the geographic area closest to you from the list provided. If none of the areas listed are close to you, you can choose the “Generic registration for future juries” option. Cases are assigned based on eligibility.
Juror pay ranges from $50 to $125 for 1 to 3 hour online trials. Payments are sent within 7 days of the trial’s end by either PayPal or check.
Full-day trials offer payments up to $175 and payment is provided at the end of the day when a juror leaves the courtroom. (As an added perk, they also offer continental breakfast, pizza lunch and refreshments for in-person, full-day trials.)
First Court jurors may also receive extra fees for new jurors and cases that they refer.
Become an online juror with First Court
eJury conducts online mock trials with a minimum of 50 jurors per case. While they have more cases in the Dallas area, where they are headquartered, they do offer cases in other U.S. locales.
Potential online jurors should apply for the service and will be contacted when a case becomes available in their area. When assigned to a case, mock jurors receive an email with a link to the Case Submission file.
Jurors log in to the site, review the case file, answer the questions provided and click “Submit Verdict” to complete their assignment. eJury even provides a follow-up summary of the case outcome for those interested in reviewing it after the case concludes.
eJury is one of the lower paying services at $5 to $10 per case, depending on length. The average case completion time for most jurors is 35 minutes and payment is provided via PayPal.
Register for eJury here
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, JuryTest receives case summaries from attorneys who use their service. Case summaries are then shared with eligible online jurors who review them. Jurors provide their feedback through questionnaires, discussions or debates within one to two days.
Prospective online jurors can register on the site and are notified via email when cases become available for review. Payments range from $5 to $50 per case, depending on length of case, type of feedback provided and response time. Payments are made by check or PayPal.
Sign up for JuryTest here
5. Virtual Jury
Virtual Jury offers an online focus group format to provide feedback on cases. Details are slim on the site about how cases are provided to would-be jurors other than registered jurors will be contacted when selected for a study.
Overall, it looks like attorneys who use Virtual Jury submit their case materials and eligible jurors are then contacted to participate in the online juror focus group.
It’s also unclear as to how jurors provide their feedback on the cases they are assigned to or exactly how much can be earned. However, the site does boast an impressive list of clients.
Apply at Virtual Jury
6. Resolution Research
Resolutions Research is a market research company that conducts different types of focus groups, including mock juries.
After registering on their PaidStudies site, you will be contacted for research studies that you qualify for. From there, they will conduct additional screening to be sure each study is a good fit before you are assigned.
Details on how their mock jury assignments work and how feedback is collected from jurors weren’t apparent on their site. Payment amounts and methods were not specified either, but the site notes that there is no cost involved with participating.
For more information, register here
7. Sign Up Direct
Sign Up Direct provides “surrogate juror” opportunities, along with other research projects, to their online jurors. Jurors are randomly selected to serve on either civil or criminal mock trial cases.
Decisions are made by listening to attorneys present their cases in either a Zoom trial or to an in-person jury lab.
Fees of at least $100 per case are provided to online jurors. Immediate payment is available for cases completed through the Cash App on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Register for Sign Up Direct here
While online juror jobs can be a fun and helpful way to make some extra money, it’s unlikely that you’ll make a living at it or even a regular side income.
Areas with more active courts (like highly populated urban and suburban areas) will likely have more opportunities than lower populated areas. Case availability may also be greater where the various online jury businesses mentioned in this article are physically located.
Be sure to research and find the service or services that will work best for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions before signing up with any service.
Other Online Jobs in the Legal Field
If you’re interested in working online in the legal field, but want a more steady income, there are other option to explore.
Legal transcription jobs often allow you to work remotely and online, while earning a decent income. According to ZipRecruiter, the national average hourly wage for legal transcription jobs is $16, with a range from $11 to $22 per hour.
You can learn more about transcription with this free mini-course from Transcribe Anywhere. Visit Rev.com to search for legal transcription jobs.
If you enjoy research and have an eye for detail, then a job as a Court Researcher might be for you. Court Researchers make, on average, $19 per hour, but can make as much as $43 per hour or more with experience and specialized skills.
You’ll need a reliable internet connection and solid customer service skills. Experience with court records is also a plus. Job sites like Indeed are good places to start your search for online Court Researcher jobs.
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