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Court Reporting Associate Degree

Program Code: 101702

You've seen high profile trials with a person keying the testimony into a stenograph machine or read the scrolling captions for the hearing-impaired on your TV screen. The person recording the spoken words at speeds ranging from 180 to 225 words a minute is a court reporter. If you're an excellent listener, have strong language and communications skills, and are committed to accuracy and confidentiality, a career in court reporting may be a perfect fit for you.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Legislative Reporter
  • Official Court Reporter in the Court System
  • Freelance Reporter
  • Scopist
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Court Reporting is a collaborative program between LTC and NWTC. Application for this program must be completed through LTC.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Court Reporting is a collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students attend ITV classes sent from LTC to NWTC.
First Semester
Semester Total
14
Second Semester
Semester Total
12
Third Semester
OR
Semester Total
6
Fourth Semester
OR
Semester Total
14
Semester
Semester Total
15
Total Credits
61

Curriculum Note: The following beginning courses are required prior to advanced courses: 10-170-121, Jury Charge I-Beginner 10-170-122, Jury Charge II-Beginner 10-170-113, Literary I-Beginner 10-170-114, Literary II-Beginner 10-170-153, Testimony I-Beginner 10-170-154, Testimony II-Beginner

The following courses are offered only at Lakeshore Technical College: 10-801-195, Written Communication 10-806-112, Principles of Sustainability

The following optional courses are recommended for skills enhancement: 10-170-140, Realtime Reporting Speed Maintenance 10-170-161, Realtime Reporting Technology Adv (Fall) Skillbuilding 1, 2, or 3 (recommended in Summer Semester)

Program Outcomes

  • Develop proficiency in machine shorthand using realtime theory.
  • Develop a personal dictionary, read, translate, and edit transcripts using CAT (computer-aided transcription) software.
  • Produce salable transcripts on a realtime translation system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper reporting procedures and responsibilities for freelance and official reporting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and medical concepts and terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the professional reporting organizations and methods of gaining certification as a Registered Professional Reporter.
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