A Marygrove College (Detroit, Mich.) Class of 1958 graduate, Barbara Bassett McIver served with the Peace Corps in the Philippines as an Elementary School Aide from July 29, 1961 to June 3, 1963 teaching science and English as a second language. Prior to joining the Corps, McIver worked as an educator within the Detroit Public School System (DPS). She also began to pursue a law degree through the Detroit College of Law (currently the Michigan State University College of Law). However, her interest in global initiatives led her to postpone law school and join the Peace Corps.
Upon her return to the United States, McIver became an officer with the Detroit Police Department (DPD). In 1966, while serving with the DPD, she returned to the Detroit College of Law to complete her degree. In 1967, McIver was admitted to the Michigan Bar and shortly thereafter began working as an Assistant Prosecutor in Jackson County, Michigan.
In later years, McIver worked under Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley, the nation's longest serving Attorney General (1962-1999) as an Assistant Attorney General. She became the Chief Deputy Judicial Assistant for the 36th District Court and later went into private practice. In 1996, after 30 years of service in the legal field, McIver retired from the Michigan Court System.