What Are Some Well Known Court Reporter Schools?

Court reporting is a growing, lucrative field and many schools now offer courses of study leading to certification as a court reporter. Online and on-site programs are available at several schools around the U.S. Read on to learn more about four of these schools. Schools offering Legal Transcriptionist degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Court Reporting Programs

Court reporting programs are generally offered by community or technical colleges. Associate degree programs can often be completed in about two years, while certificate programs can be completed in just over a year.

Important Facts About Court Reporting Programs

Prerequisites Program applicants should be high school graduates and have a minimum keyboarding speed of 45-90 words per minute (depending on the school)
Possible Careers Court reporter; Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) provider; broadcast captioners; voice reporter
Continuing Education Graduates are generally required to obtain continuing education to maintain certification
Online Availability Stenographic and voice programs are available on campus, as fully online programs or hybrid programs
Median Salary (2018) $57,150
Job Growth (2016-2026) 3%

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Luzerne County Community College

Luzerne CCC is located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, and provides an Associate in Applied Science in Court Reporting program featuring stenographic machine verbatim real-time reporting. Students learn machine shorthand and speed building along with essential courses covering the procedures and technology related to court-reporting careers. Courses offered include:

  • Verbatim reporting
  • Court reporting technology
  • Realtime reporting procedures
  • Criminal Procedure
  • English Composition

El Paso Community College

Located in El Paso, TX, El Paso Community College's Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting uses industry-current equipment to teach students how to use a shorthand machine to record proceedings and subsequently produce a written, word-for-word record. The program takes two years to complete and includes course in areas such as:

  • Legal terminology and law
  • Word processing
  • Reporting technology
  • Machine shorthand
  • Realtime reporting
  • Simulated courtroom proceedings
  • American government and politics

Cuyahoga Community College

The Associate of Applied Business in Captioning and Court Reporting at Cuyahoga Community College, in Cleveland, OH, is offered as an online program. Students take the same program as on-site students and internships are arranged for each student no matter where they live. Students will need to buy a computerized stenotype machine with a tripod. The school also offers an associate degree in court reporting with voicewriting, as well as several certificates. Courses include:

  • Realtime theory
  • Legal document editing
  • Transcription and speedbuilding
  • Criminal court procedures
  • Technical terminology

Alfred State College

Alfred State College, in Alfred, NY, offers its courses in court reporting online so that students who are working or not near a campus can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Court and Realtime Reporting degree or a certificate in court reporting and captioning. Students must buy their own equipment and complete an internship. Courses cover the following topics:

  • Keyboarding
  • Grammar
  • Writing theory
  • Computer-aided transcription
  • Speedbuilding
  • Effective speaking
  • Reporting technology
  • Business law

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