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What is a Jury Consultant: The Job Description

Updated on October 12, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Jury Consultants are one of the best-paid law professionals out there. But yet almost nobody knows about them. They are instrumental in solving and deciding criminal cases. But they’re behind the scenes. Jury Consultants have to be smart and quick-witted. They have to know more than the defendant does.

Jury Selection?
Jury Selection?

Psychologists?

Jury Consultants have important, behind-the-scenes jobs. To put it simply, their job is to deduce which prospective jurors are right for this case. They investigate to see if they have any prejudices or biases against their client. (For instance if the client had been a jewelry store owner ten years ago and the client robbed a jewelry store. That would not be a good mix.)
They also can tell which jurors would be best psychologically. This is their main job, as all Jury Consultants must have degree in psychology. They can easily tell if a juror is lying, or, for example, if they are uncomfortable around a certain subject. This is a skill not many have.
But not just anyone can hire a Jury Consultant. They can be (and usually are) very expensive. Ones that get hired for major cases (such as the Casey Anthony case) get hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. But in most cases, you have to have a Ph.D. in psychology as well as years of experience to get the big bucks.
Jury Consultants have to be well-trained, extremely intelligent people. They have to sort the truth out from the lies. Do you have what it takes to be a Jury Consultant?

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