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Associate in Science in Court Reporting

About the Major

court_reportingThe Court Reporting Associate in Science degree is a 2 1/2 to 3 year program. Court Reporting majors are taught the skills required to work in the legal community.Court reporters play an important part in the judicial process by providing an official record of court proceedings. Because of this, the program will assist the students to become proficient in the areas of testimony, literary, and jury charge materials. The theory learned by the court reporters in this program is geared towards realtime translation so the students will be learning how to use the Case-Catalyst program, one of the leading realtime translation programs used in the industry today. Upon finishing the degree, students will have the necessary skills to pass the NCRA examination at the required speeds of 180 to 225 word per minute.

The Diversity of the degree

Court reporters are part of exciting events and history in the making—from reporting high-profile trials to captioning TV programs. You can work in any of the following three professional areas:

  • Official Court Reporter - Supreme Court, County or family court, or hearing reporting
  • Freelance Reporting - Deposition reporting; negotiations or arbitrations; meetings, conferences, and conventions
  • Captioning Reporting and CART - Broadcast reporting, Web/Internet reporting, Classroom reporting and CART

 Career Paths

  • Court and Deposition Reporting
  • Broadcast Captioning
  • Communication Access Realtime Translation
  • Webcasting
  • Scopists

Quick Facts

  • Earn an average of $40,000 to $60,000 in your first year*
  • Job prospects are expected to be excellent as job openings continue to outnumber job-seekers
  • Demand for real-time and broadcast captioning and translating will spur employment growth
  • The amount of training required to become a court reporter varies with the type of reporting chosen

 *Source for position and salary information is the Department of Labor and Statistics.




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