Embark on a career that's vital, exciting and rewarding with coast-to-coast opportunities at your fingertips. Court reporters can work in the legal community, provide communications access for people with hearing loss, be an independent contractor, or run their own reporting agency.
These programs, approved by the National Court Reporters Association, prepare students for careers as official, freelance, real time reporters, and captioners. One feature of the court and realtime reporting program is the development of high-speed recording skills to 225-plus words per minute through the use of real-time translation machine shorthand and computer aided transcription (CAT).
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Three-year grad rates for the court & realtime reporting AAS program
- Fall 2014: 33% (2/6)
- Fall 2013: 38% (3/8)
- Fall 2012: 50% (4/8)
- Fall 2011: 57% (4/7)
- Fall 2010: 55% (6/11)
- Students must be able to tolerate the sitting position for prolonged periods of time (up to eight hours daily).
- Students must be able to meet industry standard speeds.
- Students must have sufficient manual dexterity to operate industry standard machinery.
- Students must possess adequate hearing to provide accurate verbatim transcripts.
Upon completion of the program, students will be well prepared to assume professional employment in the following areas:
- Official court and hearing reporters
- General freelance reporters
- Real time and closed captioning reporters
- Legal office administration and scoping
Please review our General Requirements & Minimum Standards (pdf).
You can take a self-test (pdf) to determine your interest in court reporting. (Original self-test may be found at: McCormick, R.W., Blake, M.J. (2019). The Complete Court Reporter’s Handbook and Guide for Realtime Writers (6th ed.) Norco, CA: Professional Educational Distributors.)
"For me, learning the skill of stenography would have been impossible anywhere else. Alfred State gave me confidence, knowledge and abilities to complete my goal and allowed me to have a career lined up before I even walked across the stage." -Abby Kohler, '16
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