Students in Louisiana who are interested in earning a degree in court reporting have few schools from which to choose. Most programs do not lead to the award of a degree. Students may choose between training programs that do and do not include theory coursework. All programs include stenography training, as well as an internship. Some classes may be available online.
Below are short overviews of two of Louisiana's four schools offering court reporting programs, along with a comparison table showing tuition info. In addition to the schools below, the other schools licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents are the Crosby Court Reporting Centre and Legally Speaking, LLC.
Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting
Located in Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting (BRSCR) is a non-accredited institution that is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents. This school is affiliated with the NVRA and offers a few training options. BRSCR's Program A teaches stenographic theory for the first four months, then students begin building their speed and participating in professional exercises. Program B is for those who have already completed a theory program and need to build their speed. To enroll in either program, students must have obtained a high school diploma or GED. Students hoping to begin their studies without the theory course must have previously completed an equivalent course and have a steno typing speed of 40 wpm. The programs also include a 20-hour internship along with a course that can help students prepare for the certification exam. Students can also pursue these training programs over the Internet.
Mid City College
Accredited by the Council for the Commission on Occupational Education, the Mid City College is located in Baton Rouge. Mid City College offers its court reporting program online. Students study legal terminology, real-time theory and reporting practices before beginning speed exercises. All students participate in a reporting internship as part of the curriculum. Students who complete the program should be prepared for the national or state CCR exams.
The Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters requires individuals interested in becoming Certified Court Reporters (CCRs) to pass the Louisiana CCR exam. The board also grants certification to individuals who have successfully passed the National Court Reporters Association Registered Professional Reporter (NCRA-RPR) exam or the National Verbatim Reporters Association Certificate of Merit (NVRA-CM) exam with a 225 words-per-minute (wpm) minimum standard. The board does not require prospective CCRs to complete any specific degree or diploma program but encourages completion of some sort of court reporting program to properly prepare for the exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Court Reporting Programs Offered||Program Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting||2-year; private, for-profit; midsize city|| Court Reporter Training Without Theory,
Court Reporter Training With Theory
|$325-$400 per month for classes; $4,800-$10,500 per program*|
|Mid City College||2-year; private, for-profit; midsize city||Court Reporting Certificate Online Program||$14,042 per year**|
Sources: *Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting, **National Center for Education Statistics.