Court Reporter Schools in the U.S.

Court reporting programs teach students to work in legal settings using modern transcription equipment and software. Training programs are most commonly offered by two-year community colleges and technical schools.

Aspiring court reporters can find relevant training programs at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Most programs provide the necessary preparation for state licensure exams.

Schools Offering Court Reporting Programs

Below are examples of schools offering court reporting programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees, In-State (2015-2016)*
Alvin Community College Alvin, TX 2-year, public Certificate, Associate's $1,514
Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN 2-year, public Certificate, Associate's $5,584
Atlantic Technical College Coconut Creek, FL 2-year, public Certificate $4,565
Cypress College Cypress, CA 2-year, public Certificate, Associate's $1,138
Gateway Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, public Certificate, Associate's $2,046
Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, PA 2-year, public Associate's $8,700
Stark State College North Canton, OH 2-year, public Associate's $3,686
West Valley College Saratoga, CA 2-year, public Associate's $1,186

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following points when selecting a court reporting program:

  • Students should look for programs that are certified by the National Court Reporters Association.
  • Prospective students should research how well the program prepares students for state licensure by learning what percentage of graduates pass required licensure or certification exams.
  • It can be helpful to find out about internship opportunities offered through the program that can provide real-world experience.
  • Students should research the school's computer lab facilities to make sure they will have access to the most up-to-date software and transcription equipment.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in court reporting typically lead to an Associate of Science (AS) or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), and they are usually designed to prepare students for to meet the state's requirements for licensure. They combine basic legal coursework with technical training using transcription equipment and software, as well as general education requirements. Students may also complete an internship in a court setting prior to graduation.

Certificate Programs

Like associate's degree programs, certificate programs provide focused career training for aspiring court reporters, but they do not have general education requirements. At some schools, certain courses are available online or in the evenings to meet the needs of working professionals who plan to redirect their careers toward court reporting. Depending on the school and the scheduling format, programs can take up to 2.5 years to complete.

Court reporting programs can be found as certificate or associate's degree programs. Students should ensure programs provide the necessary hands-on training to prepare students for state licensure exams.

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