He was a younger brother of Nikolai Schei. He is the father of Chief Justice Tore Schei. After spending time in France he enrolled in law studies and took the candidate.jur. degree in 1926.
He was a deputy judge from 1926 to 1929 and a secretary in the Ministry of Justice and the Police from 1929 to 1939.
In 1939 he was hired in the Ministry of Provisioning, and from 1941 to 1942 he was an acting deputy under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Trade. Then, after three years in the company Norsk Brændselolje, he was appointed as deputy under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice in 1945.
In 1946 he was appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. From 1962 to 1974 he served as the Norwegian Parliamentary Ombudsman for Public Administration.
He died on 25 December 1989 in Bærum.
He also served as member of other public boards and committees.