Real Time Court Reporting

Court reporting is an age-old profession. It’s the official recording of history, used as a reference for legal professionals, for scholars and students. Court reporters are highly-trained professionals who share a unique ability to convert the spoken word into information that can be read, searched and archived. This specialization has created new career paths for reporters, including broadcast captioning and realtime translation services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Real Time Court Reporter Associate Degree (AOS)

The goal of the Real Time Court Reporter AOS Degree is to prepare students for an entry-level position in the court reporting field. Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills to:

  • Meet entry level speed requirements for a court reporter.
  • Show proficiency in using computer-assisted writing software.
  • Describe relevant courtroom procedures.
  • Complete an acceptable court and freelance deposition transcript.
  • Define and have general knowledge of significant medical and legal terminology.

This degree is necessary for an entry-level position as a Court Reporter. You’ll need to be able to document dictated material up to 225 wpm (words per minute) and successfully complete 72 credit hours of classes in order to graduate.

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Course Requirements

General Education

15 credits total, 3 credits per class

  • ER 200 College English
  • ER 205 Oral and Written Communications
  • MT 200 College Mathematics
  • PS 100 Psychology
  • TCT 309 Computer Concepts
Professional Education

54 credits total, varied credits for each class

  • ACR 103 Advanced Court Reporting
  • ACR 105 Court Reporting Internship
  • CP 100 Courtroom Procedures
  • ER 202 English for Court Reporting
  • PD 101 Professional Development
  • LR 300 Legal Terminology
  • MR 500 Medical Terminology
  • SR 106 Stenotype I
  • SR 107 Stenotype II
  • SR 108 Stenotype III
  • SR 109 Stenotype IV
  • ST 105 Stenotype Theory
  • TCT 400 Computer Technology
Electives

3 credits total, 3 credits per class

  • MR 501 Basic Human Anatomy
  • ER 201 College English II
  • GO 100 Government
  • TCT 304 Microsoft Excel
  • TCT 202 Microsoft Word
  • MA 114 Contemporary Health Issues
  • Any Paralegal Course

Stenotype Hearing Reporter Certificate

Closed captioning is used anywhere it’s difficult to hear or understand speech – from crowded restaurants and large entertainment venues to government and company board meetings. Students who complete the Stenotype Hearing Reporter Certificate can be expected to:

  • Meet entry level speed requirements for a stenotype hearing reporter.
  • Show proficiency in using computer-assisted writing software.
  • Describe relevant courtroom procedures.
  • Complete an acceptable court transcript.
  • Define and have general knowledge of significant medical and legal terminology.

To take the exam to become a Certified Broadcast Captioner or a CART (Communications Access Realtime Translation) Reporter, you must already be enrolled in or have completed the requirements to be a stenotype professional. You’ll need to be able to document spoken material at 180-200 wpm. You will be tested on:

  • Accurately setting up and operating your equipment.
  • Realtime translation with 96% accuracy.
  • Converting your file to ASCII text, from which you will be graded.

Course Requirements

Core Courses

51 credits total, varied credits earned for each class

  • ER 200 College English
  • ER 205 Oral and Written Communications
  • MT 200 College Mathematics
  • PS 100 Psychology
  • TCT 309 Computer Concepts
Electives

9 credits total, 3 credits per class

  • ER 205 Oral and Written Communications
  • ER 201 College English II
  • MT 200 College Mathematics
  • GO 100 Government
  • TCT 304 Microsoft Excel
  • TCT 202 Microsoft Word
  • SO 100 Sociology
  • MR 501 Basic Human Anatomy
  • PS 100 Psychology
  • Any Paralegal Course

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed an average job opportunity outlook of 10% growth per year for court reporters in 2012, with an entry-level annual salary of $48,160 per year. But that was in 2012. Two years later, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) predicted a shortage of court reporters based on a 2014 Industry Outlook report. Biggest demand and salaries for court reporters? You guessed it – New York State and NYC.

Upon finishing either a degree or certificate program at NYCI, many students have pursued careers in:

  • Judicial Court Reporting
  • Closed/Broadcast Captioning
  • Communications Access Realtime Reporting (CART)
  • Freelance Court Reporting

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