Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting
Court Reporters are the professionals who capture, protect, and preserve the court's record by recording the verbatim proceedings in court or during pre-trial depositions, which they translate into a transcript for use by court officials and attorneys.
COURT REPORTING MISSION STATEMENT:
It is the mission of the Court Reporting Associate of Applied Science degree program to provide a strong foundation consisting of both academic knowledge and technical expertise that will prepare the student for a career as a professional judicial reporter in a variety of venues, including administrative, governmental, and judicial. Foremost among the attributes to be developed is a firm sense of and appreciation for professionalism at all times both in and out of the classroom.
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COURT REPORTING GOALS:
- Students will complete a supervised externship affording them an opportunity to define career goals, gain experience, and acquire self-confidence
- Students will be well-prepared for the state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exams.
- Students will obtain experience with Realtime reporting during core classes
COURT REPORTING LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Court Reporting graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- Listening and concentration skills to aid in machine shorthand writing
- Proficiency in writing legal, medical, and technical terminologies
- The ability to apply all punctuation, grammar, and spelling principles in transcription work
- Knowledge of local, national, and international current events
- Expertise in the appropriate speeds and all theory principles
- Knowledge and understanding of the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics
- Knowledge of technology as it is used in all aspects of the profession
COURT REPORTING AT A GLANCE
WHAT DOES A COURT REPORTER DO?
Court Reporters are the quiet professionals who preserve official records by making word-for-word reports of cases, depositions meetings, speeches, and other events. Using machines called stenographs, they transcribe and create a complete and accurate legal record. Court Reporters play a crucial role in legal proceedings.
According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of court reporters is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. The need for official court reporters is critical due to the expected retirement of significant numbers of official court reporters in the next five years. Those with experience and training in techniques for helping deaf or hard-of-hearing people, such as Realtime captioning and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), will have the best job prospects.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS DEGREE?
- Official court reporter
- Freelance court reporter
- Convention reporter
- CART provider (Communication Access Realtime Translation) for deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers
- Broadcast captioner
- Webcast captioner
WHY STUDY COURT REPORTING AT MACCORMAC?
MacCormac College holds the distinction of having established the first Court Reporting program in the United States in 1912, and MacCormac graduates are well respected in the court reporting industry. Furthermore, at MacCormac you will receive personal attention from dedicated instructors, with most classes having no more than 15 students. MacCormac students receive preparation for the state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exams. During core classes, students gain experience in realtime reporting.
All MacCormac Court Reporting students complete a supervised internship, which gives them the opportunity to define career goals, gain experience, and acquire self-confidence in the workplace. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the internship opportunities we offer:
- U.S. District Court
- Illinois Circuit Courts
- Jensen Litigation Solutions
- McCorkle Litigation Services, Inc.
- Urlaub Bowen & Associates
- Bridges Court Reporting and Video Services
- Esquire Solutions
- Lake Shore Reporting
- Victoria’s Court Reporting Services
MacCormac College’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in Court Reporting is certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).