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Court Reporting

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building that says equal justice under law
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"Alfred State gave me confidence, knowledge and abilities..."
-Abby Kohler, '16
Program Advantages: 

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, certified 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).

Hands-on experience pays off for graduates entering the working world. Read testimonials from some of our business department alumni.

Professional Outlook: 

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., & Knapp, M. H. (2010). The Complete Court Reporter's Handbook and Guide for Realtime Writers (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.)

2016-2017 Alfred State Catalog
Danielle Green
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"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