Online Legal Transcriptionist Training
Become a Legal Transcriptionist
Legal transcriptionists are responsible to take the words spoken by participants in a legal proceeding and turn them into legal documents. This 100% online course will prepare you to enter the in-demand field of legal transcribing. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take the Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET) national certification exam from the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT).
Job Outlook for Legal Transcriptionist
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 9% growth in the demand for Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners between now and 2029. This is much faster than the expected growth rate for all jobs. The BLS notes that, along with the growth in litigation and legal proceedings, the use of simultaneous captioning for television, the internet, and other technologies is also driving growth in this area.
According to the BLS, Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners earn $60,130 per year, on average. ZipRecruiter.com reports that annual salaries for legal transcriptionists range between $23,500 and $45,500, with an average of $34,209 per year.
- Professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality
- Fundamentals of the United States legal system
- Legal, medical, and industry terminology
- Parts of speech, proper legal punctuation, and spelling
- Transcript formatting, focusing on federal court systems
- Develop the skills you need to become a successful legal transcriptionist who can take remote assignments
- Be in a position to sit for and pass the AAERT’s (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) Certified Electronic Transcriber exam, further broadening your options for employment.
Registration and Enrollment
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High School Diploma or equivalent and eligible for notary public commissions in your state.
- Transcriptionist Software Setup
- Professionalism and the Legal System
- The Legal System
- English Language
- Grammar and Punctuation
- Building the Transcript
- Transcription Assignments
- Transcription Assignments & Course Wrap Up
Merritt Gilbert is a legal professional with over 10 years of industry experience. She is a Certified Electronic Reporter and holds a Certificate of Voice Writing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.
Natalie Hartsfield is a court reporter with more than 10 years of experience in the legal field. She has taught court reporting since 2007. Natalie holds an Occupational Associate Degree in Court Reporting from Stenotype Institute.
Legal Transcriptionist FAQs
The CET is considered the leading certification of electronic transcribers for US courts and businesses. It is required for employment by many court systems and legal agencies. Please check with your local courts and agencies to determine whether they use digital reporting methods and whether they recognize AAERT certification.
Although voice recognition technology is experiencing wide adoption in legal circles, the transcription process involves the use of recorded proceedings to create documents related to motions, testimonies, court proceedings and more. Legal experts expect transcriptionists to play a crucial role in the evolution of technology and its use in the legal industry.
Because most legal transcriptionists work as independent contractors, it is considered an excellent option for a WFH or remote career. ZipRecruiter.com reports that legal transcriptionists commonly earn between $31,000-126,000 per year, working remotely.