Get the Skills to Be a Court Reporter
Associate’s Degree or Certificate Program
Court reporters are responsible for accurately recording the spoken testimony during courtroom proceedings, pretrial depositions, as well as for proceedings at federal agencies and for state and local governments. Court reporting is an evolving field where the opportunities are boundless. Court reporters are the “Guardians of the Record,” and they will continue to capture, protect, and preserve the Court’s record for all time. As a court reporter, you play an integral role in maintaining the integrity of all legal proceedings.
- The job of the court reporter actually consists of two jobs. The first part of the job is the court reporter taking down or “reporting,” everything that is said during a trial in a courtroom or at a pretrial deposition on a steno machine.
- The second part of the court reporter’s job consists of producing an accurate transcript of the proceedings. Behind the scenes, the court reporter uses state-of-the-art software and translates what has been written on the steno machine, edits the proceeding, researches, proofreads and corrects any errors, and certifies that the transcript is complete, true, and accurate.
Currently there is a tremendous shortage of court reporters across the country. The employment opportunities are there waiting for our students to graduate and fill the job openings.
The best way to decide if this interesting, rewarding, and lucrative career is right for you is to visit the Commack Campus of the Long Island Business Institute. Meet with our staff, tour the college, and have all of your questions answered.
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Becoming a Skilled Court Reporting Professional
Our Court Reporting Programs are dedicated to teaching and helping students develop their stenography machine shorthand skills to create an accurate verbatim transcript.
The court reporting education includes classes on legal procedures and technology, medical terminology, grammar and punctuation, and training on the industry-leading software for computer-aided transcription.
Our Internship takes the learning out of the classroom and right into a legal setting, giving our students the opportunity to work side by side with a professional court reporter. LIBI-Commack campus has been educating students to become proficient and confident Court Reporters for over 50 years.
Certificate vs. Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting
We offer both a Certificate and an Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting. Both programs focus on honing your writing and transcriptions skills to achieve the exit speed of 225 words per minute.
The Certificate Program (54 credits) includes court reporting theory, five court reporting speedbuilding classes, legal procedures, medical terminology, transcription production, Realtime Writing and internship classes.
The Associate’s Degree (65 credits) includes all of the court reporting classes plus the general education classes of Introduction to Business Communications, College English I (composition) & College English II (literature), and Introduction to Psychology.
LIBI saw my potential and helped me through to the end. I couldn’t be more grateful for their guidance throughout my two years of school.
Career Opportunities in Court Reporting
Court reporting is an evolving field where the opportunities are boundless.
Not all court reporters spend their days in the courtroom. Court reporting skills and technology are used to provide captioning for live and prerecorded programs on broadcast TV and the Internet! You can have fun captioning your favorite TV Shows, movies and sporting events – work remotely, set your own schedule. Embark on a career that’s vital, exciting and rewarding with coast to coast opportunities at your fingertips.
Graduates of the LIBI Court Reporting program may find employment in the following areas:
- Court Reporting Agencies
- County, State, and Federal Legislature
- Broadcast Captioning
- CART Provider
Many of our graduates of the Court Reporting Program have gone onto become entrepreneurs opening court reporting agencies and CART service agencies.
Financial Aid: Funding Your Career Training
While LIBI does recommend that students seek out federal financial aid (FAFSA) and aid from the State of New York, we do pride ourselves on offering numerous bursaries and scholarships. One such scholarship, the EXCEL at LIBI Scholarship, has helped many of our past students graduate debt-free.
*Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.
Is a Professional Career in Court Reporting Right for You? Get More Info…
If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Court Reporter and exploring whether LIBI is right for you, Get more info on this page to receive more information. A helpful LIBI Career Advisor will assist with everything from career questions to financial aid and help you discover the perfect career path for you.
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