Topics of Study
This program prepares individuals to take reports of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, and meetings, in order to provide documentation and proof of spoken words. Court reporters work in a courtroom or legal setting, using electronic equipment. They record and transcribe examinations, testimony, judicial orders and instructions, legal opinions, and other formal proceedings via print or electronic methods. Instruction includes legal terminology, legal transcription, shorthand, verbatim recording, and equipment operation and procedures.
- Career-technical school and two-year college level courses may prepare individuals for court reporting law offices and courthouses.
- Some states require voice writers to pass a test and to earn state licensure.
- As a substitute for state certification, the National Verbatim Reporters Association offers national certifications to voice writers.