About Court Reporting

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We’re happy that you are interested in Court Reporting — Our Court Reporting Program students attend with the aim of achieving real-time note-taking for either legal or event, broadcast live captioning. Students of the Court Reporting Program must:
  1. Learn to use proper English Grammar and Punctuation for transcript productio
  2. Develop Proofreading Skills
  3. Manage a growing translation Dictionary for their CAT software
  4. Develop proficiency with Medical and Legal Terminology
  5. Learn the Practice and Procedures of their intended Realtime Discipline
  6. Developing Attention to the Spoken Word
  7. Learn a shorthand machine translation theory
  8. Develop Speeds up to 225 Words per Minute with 95% Accuracy transcribing with the Stenotype Machine within the following Realtime Disciplines:
    1. Jury Charge (Legal and Judicial Reporting)
    2. Literary (Legal, Judicial, CART, Broadcast Captioning)
    3. 2-Voice Q&A (Legal, Judicial, CART, Broadcast Captioning)
    4. 2-Voice Testimony (Legal, Judicial)

Job Outlook

Court Reporters use Machine Stenography with Computer-Aided-Transcription (CAT) to create a transcript which they can then certify to be the official record of the court. Court reporters are in very high demand in Louisiana as well as all over the United States. Court Reporting is one of the most challenging and respected careers in the United States. Court Reporting can be a wildly rewarding career, but it is not without hard work and continued dedication.

Program Outline

Educational Objectives

The mission of the court reporting program is to prepare students for passing the state and national certification examinations and to become employed as certified court reporters or to prepare students as broadcast captioners or CART providers.

Our students become well-informed, well-developed professionals, drawing on a broad knowledge of the various fields they encounter in the work place. This includes legal, medical, technical, English and vocabulary skills for producing accurate transcripts. Students utilize state-of-the-art computer software programs for court reporters (e.g. Case CATalyst, Eclipse, Digital CAT), enabling them to achieve concentration skills, accuracy, and productivity.

Upon graduation, our court reporting students will have received an education with a high level of integrity and will be fully prepared for the required Louisiana Certified Court Reporter’s Examination (CCR) or the National Court Reporters Association’s Registered Professional Reporters Examination (RPR). This education will offer them opportunities to pursue many fields including official and freelance court reporting, web-casting, cyber-conferencing, working as scopists, closed-captioning for television. Our graduates could also work for the support of deaf and hearing-impaired students in high schools, colleges, etc.

Program Outline ACADEMICS English I & II , Introduction to CART/Captioning , Legal Terminology/Legal Research, Medical Terminology/Anatomy, Office Procedures, Reporting Practice & Procedures, Vocabulary , Windows XP I & II MACHINE SKILLS

Steno Lab , Realtime Software Applications , Realtime Reporting I through V (Prequisite: RT Theory ) , Realtime Theory I & II , Reporting Internship

English I & II || Top

Reinforces basic English skills for the proper transcription of the proceedings taken verbatim by the student reporter. Areas of study include sentence structure, clauses, punctuation, grammar, mechanics such as plural/singular, apostrophes, and capitalization, and quotations, underlining, and commonly confused words. English II includes advanced skills pertaining to court reporting transcripts. Introduction to CART/Captioning || Top This class introduces students to the working environment of the captioning reporter and CART providers. This includes the terminology and legislation pertaining to captioning, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the CART Provider’s Manual, the equipment and office, and how the captioned job looks. Students wishing to pursue this field are required to have further training in practical skills and specialized terminology writing classes currently available at the Institute. Legal Terminology/Legal Research || Top This class introduces students to the working environment of the captioning reporter and CART providers. This includes the terminology and legislation pertaining to captioning, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the CART Provider’s Manual, the equipment and office, and how the captioned job looks. Students wishing to pursue this field are required to have further training in practical skills and specialized terminology writing classes currently available at the Institute. Medical Terminology/Anatomy || Top Medical terminology and anatomy covers the terminology used by physicians and others associated with the medical field. This class includes the structure of the human body, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune, digestive, urinary, nervous and endocrine system, eyes and ears, the reproductive system, as well as diagnostic and imaging procedures and general medical terminology. Office Procedures || Top This class covers the practical skills for most freelance office procedures, such as scheduling depositions in the appointment book, assignment of jobs, the worksheet, assembling the transcripts – both court and deposition – estimating the costs, invoicing and delivery of the transcripts. Reporting Practice & Procedures || Top Court Reporting Practice & Procedures cover the duties required as a working reporter in the judicial field of reporting. This includes both official and freelance practices and procedures. Some of the areas covered include the working environment in court and depositions, terminology, oaths, speaker identification, parentheticals, motions and objections, marking exhibits, reading back testimony, and production of the transcript. This class also studies professionalism and ethics of court reporting, associations, testing, and continuing education requirements. Vocabulary || Top Vocabulary consists of over a thousand words to increase the student’s knowledge of the language of different fields they will encounter as working reporters. Windows XP I & II|| Top The students will learn the basic skills of Windows XP desktop which include: Windows desktop; online help; working with files and folders; the taskbar and start menu; WordPad and paint accessories; control panels. Steno Lab|| Top Students are required to complete and submit 9 lab hours of steno practice per week. CRIL utilizes the latest technology for our students to gain accuracy and speed with Performance Evaluators from Stenograph. Students not only are able to access dictation online, but they (as well as instructors) also have the capability to evaluate their writing skills instantly through the use of Performance Evaluators. Instructors can then advise and assist students with regard to their individual needs. Students also have access to an extensive tape and CD library, containing hundreds of dictations for practice outside of class. Time spent in practice and study is vital for progression through the court reporting course. Each student must attain the capabilities to concentrate, build dexterity, perform well under testing conditions, absorb new material quickly, and realize progress through their own study program. Realtime Software Applications || Top Instruction regarding the computer-aided transcription (CAT) software for court reporters in a student version. Students learn the basic skills necessary to utilize the software for realtime writing, while hooked via a cable from the stenotype machine to the computer. It includes download, translation, dictionary, and editing skills for production of the transcript. Realtime Reporting I through V (Prequisite: RT Theory ) || Top Each category addresses the specific speed level as follows: Realtime Reporting I, 40-60 wpm; Realtime Reporting II, 80-100 wpm; Realtime Reporting III, 120-140 wpm; Realtime Reporting IV, 160-180 wpm; and Realtime Reporting V, 200-230 wpm. These classes are designed to take a student from 40 words per minute up to 230 words per minute in writing skills on the stenotype machine in three areas — Literary, Jury Charge, and Testimony. These same three areas are the skills portion of both the Louisiana State Certification Exam and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Certification Exam. Realtime Theory I & II || Top 32 lessons contained in our Short Hand Theory Student textbooks. The lessons cover learning the keyboard of the stenotype machine, principles and rules of writing realtime phonetic shorthand, and an introduction to abbreviations and phrases to utilize in writing. Assignments are reviewed in live dictation class with the instructor. Evaluations are given at the end of each lesson as well as skill tests for accuracy on the stenotype machine. Reporting Internship || Top Students in Realtime Reporting V are eligible to begin the Internship portion of the course. The student will complete a 60-hour internship in which they accompany a Certified Court Reporter on depositions, in court, at hearings, and in realtime settings. An Internship record sheet is to be completed at the end of each session attended and signed by the court reporter. A minimum of 20 pages of the proceedings must be transcribed and submitted for review.

Online Court Reporting Program

How does the Online Class Work? Mid City College utilizes the Moodle (Learning Management System) LMS for the online program along with an additional External Online Library of Dictations. Upon enrollment, students receive a User ID and Password to log in to the website. The instructor will walk each student through downloading the Case CATalyst (or other writer software) required for the program, as well as the use of the stenograph writer. The court reporting program begins with learning the “theory” for court reporting, which is the system for writing on the machine. A syllabus outlines the lessons to be covered over the course of the class, which includes Theory I and Theory II. Online class meets once a week in a “virtual classroom” and gets introduced to the lesson for the week. Students participate by asking questions. Students may also email throughout the week with any questions or issues that may come up during the week. Each assignment must be completed on or before the due date. The website is available 24/7 in order for students to access lessons and dictations at their convenience. Students must meet a minimum number of required hours for the program in order to progress. All practiced writing must be saved to a file and downloaded to the “Digital Dropbox” and emailed to the instructor. Upon completion of each lesson, an evaluation test will be administered. Upon completion of Theory, students then move into Realtime Reporting I through V to complete the program. Students may progress at their own level . A certain number of tests are required to be passed at each speed level to ensure competency. When all tests are completed, a student will then enter an intern program in close proximity to their residence. At this time, you are able to test for the certification exam to receive licensure ,if required, in your state. Students will be informed of what academic classes are available to complete. Traditionally, students complete one academic class per quarter or per two quarters. Is Online Education Right for me? Here at Mid City College, our goal is to assist you in becoming a successful court reporter. We want you to know the requirements for being a successful online student. There are many benefits to taking an online course, enrolling in an online program of study, or supplementing your current education with online course enhancements. Only you can decide what is best for you. Court reporting online takes an average of four and a half years to complete. Remember, this is average. We have had students complete the program successfully in as little as 21 months (on site). The on site advantage is the discipline of attending classes, someone waiting for you, and the camaraderie of classmates to encourage one another. Online students must be disciplined from within, self-motivated, and goal-oriented. You must organize your schedule and have the necessary time set aside each day to master the skills of court reporting. Assignments must be completed on or before the due date. In order to be proficient as an online students, the following is a list of computer skills you should have knowledge of or the ability to learn:

  1. Use a word processing, spreadsheet, or other application software package on your computer;
  2. If something on your computer does not work, be able to call technical support;
  3. Adjust the volume control on a computer;
  4. Format a document using the “Format” drop down list;
  5. Install a printer on your computer;
  6. Minimize an active window to the Windows task bar in order to work in another window;
  7. Use both the left and right-click functions of a mouse;
  8. A computer available to use on a daily basis for required study time;
  9. Personal email address; send and receive email with attachments;
  10. A voice chat account;
  11. Install and remove software from a computer;
  12. Ability to set up Internet service or someone available to set it up for you on a computer;
  13. Use a Web browser;
  14. Use a computer for research.
If you feel that you can answer yes to most of the items listed above, you should have no problems with the technical issues of completing a course online. Of course, we are available to assist you in these areas throughout your enrollment. So do not let the above list be a discouragement to you. We just want you to be able to work proficiently as a student. What Computer Equipment do I Need to Study Online? At a minimum, you will need a computer (preferably a laptop) with:
  • Pentium 4 (equivalent) processor or higher
  • 1 Gigabyte RAM or greater
  • Operating system, Windows XP, 2000, Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit version only, not 64-bit)
  • Sound Card and Speakers
  • Headphones
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Adequate hard drive space for courses selected
  • Internet access, Java enabled Internet browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher)*
  • Windows compatible word processor software such as Microsoft Word
  • High-speed Internet connection such as DSL, Broadband or cable required
  • Most computers and laptops far exceed the above list, but should be noted if you are using an older computer.
What Stenotype Machine, Software and Books do I need to Study Online? Stenotype Machine: Stenograph 400 SRT or Protégé realtime writer. A manual machine is not sufficient enough to write realtime and download assignments. CRIL can order the machine for you with a credit card, provide you with the order form or you may purchase one used. ($700 – $1600) Software: Case CATalyst Student Software is required in order to write in realtime and download completed assignments to the instructor. ($550) Textbooks:
  • ShortHand Theory Textbook (set of two books and reading exercises)
  • Metronome
  • ShortHand Theory (utilizing Phoenix Theory Speed Plus I – V)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Legal Terminology
  • Learning Case CATalyst Software
  • Court Reporting Practice & Procedures
  • English I and English II
Textbooks may be purchased as needed. Short Hand Theory Textbooks are the only required books to begin the program in Theory. ONE THOUGHT ON “ONLINE COURT REPORTING PROGRAM” Pingback: Online Colleges in Louisiana

Class Schedule

Day Program Monday – Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Evening Program Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Online Program Virtual Classroom – As scheduled by instructor Practice Lab Hours Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How to Apply:


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What you Learn

Medical Terminology
Grammar & English
Legal Terminology
Computerized Realtime Writing
Shorthand & Theory
Reporting Procedure