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How To Begin A Court Reporting Career

If you are looking for a challenging career that pays well and gives you flexibility, then you might want to consider becoming a court reporter. If you have attention to detail and can type quickly, you might find that court reporting could be the ideal career.

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Court reporters (see more here: need to be professional, punctual and accurate. You have to have an excellent vocabulary, and your grammar skills need to be good as well. You need to know how to spell because you are going to be taking down what people are saying during court proceedings and you have to do it quickly. You need to have a good command of the English language, and you need to be able to process language quickly.

It is very important to have excellent computer skills because you are going to have to produce transcripts of the court proceedings you are recording. You also have to learn stenography which is a special shorthand that allows you to record court proceedings quickly. Once you learn stenography, you have to be able to record at least 225 words per minute to be an efficient court reporter.

You are also going to have to be able to sit still for long periods of time, and you need to have excellent concentration since you have to be accurate when you are recording court proceedings. A trial or deposition could last a long time, and you have to record every word. You also need to be familiar with basic legal terms and concepts.

It goes without saying that your hearing has to be top notch and you need to be able to distinguish between multiple voices. It takes about two years to train for a court reporting career, and you don't need to have a four-year degree to get your certification. There are many different programs you can take, and you can also get your certification online.

Make sure you do your research on the different court reporting programs and make sure you know what the prices are going to be for the programs you are interested in. You are going to want to check the reviews of the different programs as well before you decide on one. Court reporting is a great way to earn a living, and there are plenty of opportunities for jobs. Court reporters are in demand, so it is a good field to get into.
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