Time and time again, the court reporting profession has proven to be a lucrative and prosperous career path. The 2013-2014 Court Reporting Industry Outlook Report says that by 2018 there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available. Even as a freelance reporter, it is a career that pays six figures and allows you to set your own schedule. Sounds almost too good to be true! So where does one go to become a Certified Shorthand Reporter, or, CSR? Here is a list of 10 popular court reporting schools in the country in no particular order.
Sage College – Sage College has trained on-campus and online court reporters for 40 years and they offer Preparation for the NCRA, RPR Exam (Registered Professional Reporter) exam as part of their curriculum.
Bryan University – As a Bryan student, you’ll attend live virtual classes over the internet where you can see, speak and chat with your instructors and classmates from the comfort of your home and access homework, practice exercises and class information anytime.
New York Career Institute – At NYCI, you will learn how to break down the English language phonetically and apply it to the steno machine. You will also take classes on legal and medical terminology and court room procedures.
Alvin Community College – Since 1975, Alvin Community College has been recognized in the court reporting industry for graduating highly trained professionals and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized it as an exemplary program.
Brown College of Court Reporting – Brown College is the only National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) approved court reporting program in the state of Georgia. Its reputation for excellence is one of the many reasons 98 percent of graduates are employed in their field of study.
StenoTech Career Institute – SCI was founded in 1989 to set a new standard for excellence in the education of court reporting. Graduating from SCI will allow you to begin your new, high paid career as a court reporter without the need of a four-year degree.
Anoka Technical College – The Anoka Technical College Judicial Reporting program offers three awards: an associate in applied science degree; and two related certificates: Broadcasting Captioning/CART and Scoping/Proofreading.
South Coast College – SCC offers a unique learning environment and motivated student body. The supportive faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals.
MacCormac – MacCormac College established the first Court Reporting program in the United States in 1912. Graduates are well respected and successful in the court reporting industry.
Arlington Career Institute – Arlington Career Institute’s comprehensive program trains you in courtroom and deposition procedures, computer-aided transcription, word processing, closed captioning and real-time reporting, English language skills and legal and medical terminology.
All of the above mentioned schools are certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and most offer in person as well as online courses. This list is a good place to start if you are looking to become your own boss and build your career as a court reporter. We understand each student has their own point of views and are passionate about their own theory, machines and school so if you don’t see your school on here, let us know the name of the school and why you love it!