Have you ever participated in a focus group? It's a market research technique that uses feedback from "regular folks" to improve new products before they are released to market. Food companies rely heavily on focus group testing, as do TV and movie studios.
A company called Online Verdict offers a new twist on the focus group model. In a jury trial, lawyers for both sides try to present arguments that will convince 12 random members of the public to side with their client. With Online Verdict, a lawyer can test the strength of his or her case with a mock jury before setting foot in real court.
Mock jurors work from home and earn between $20 and $60 per case to listen or read through trial materials and answer a short questionnaire supplied by the lawyer. To become a mock juror, you must be over 18 and complete an application on the Online Verdict website. If accepted, you will receive emails when cases are being tried in your county or federal district.