SignUpDirect enlists individuals to participate in mock trials and online legal research
Expected pay: $12 – $20 per hour
Commissions & fees: NA
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: U.S. citizen; 18 or older; no felonies or pending indictments; not a lawyer, employee of a law firm or insurance company
SignUpDirect is among the many organizations looking for jurors for mock trials and other legal research. The service is provided because litigants often fail to see the weaknesses in their cases. And, as a result, they refuse to settle before trial. Even in criminal cases, mock jurors can be used to instruct both sides on whether a plea bargain is advisable.
The site seeks ordinary people — just like the real court system — who can apply common sense to a set of facts and circumstances. If you participate, the site says you’ll earn up to $20 per hour and often be offered a full day’s work.
How it works
If you click on “sign up now,” the site sends you to a fill-in-the-blanks form. You fill in your name, zip code, phone number, gender, ethnic group, occupation and political affiliation. And, it adds that if you are selected, you’ll need to provide more information. You can do that now or later.
Additional information the site wants includes your Driver’s License number, annual income range and the type of car you drive.
Once your application is submitted, you’ll get a welcome screen that explains more.
What you’re paid
The site promises up to a $20 hourly rate, with participants receiving between $100 to $150 per day. Payment is made immediately after a case is decided, according to the site.
Jurors can be enlisted for up to 8 hours on weekends and, typically, up to 7 hours during the week.
What you do
You may be called to participate in an upcoming study, a mock trial, a telephone survey or other research to resolve local disputes. If you’re called for a mock trial, you may be asked to listen to the case either in person or online.
At the end of the presentations, you’ll provide your opinion of who should win, why and, potentially, whether damages should be awarded.
Selection is random, so the site says it cannot guarantee that you’ll get tapped for any research.
SignUpDirect works much like other mock juror sites. None can promise regular work. So, if you sign up here, figure you’ll get tapped about as frequently as you would for ordinary jury duty.
But, if you want to increase your odds of getting a mock trial, you can sign up here and with the variety of other sites that do the same thing. Some others to consider: Online Verdict and LegalFocusGroup.