Have you ever considered a career in court reporting? As a legal assistant or paralegal already familiar with legal proceedings, terminology and everything it takes to serve, schedule and prepare for a deposition, you should. Since you know the timeline and importance of accuracy, you already know enough to sail through your first few classes! If any or all of the below apply to you, you should consider career opportunities in court reporting:
- you took piano lessons and were told by your teacher that you were a natural,
- you still live at home,
- you’re a grammar and punctuation enthusiast (you, at a minimum, know the difference between there, their and they’re),
- you grasp new things quickly, and
- you have between 15 and 20 hours of time to spend each week outside of school.
Last week, we visited Ms. McFerren’s Legal Studies students at East River High School in Orlando, Florida in honor of NCRA’s Court Reporting and Captioning Week. Court Reporting and Captioning Week was created to bring awareness to our profession and geared to pique the interests of people everywhere looking for career opportunities.
The students enjoyed seeing Sara Miller, one of Orange Legal’s best reporters, in action. They were amazed as they watched her laptop reveal in realtime every word that Jill Percy, Reporter Recruiter, spoke as Sara stroked an average of 170 words per minute with 99% accuracy. Many had some idea of what a court reporter was but none had any inkling of the income potential, flexibility, talent and skill required or career opportunities available in the field.
More than one senior paid enough attention in class to be able to stroke a word or two. It is amazing how quickly kids grasp the concept. Their questions and enthusiasm were exactly what we needed and completely made our time spent with them worthwhile.
If you’ve ever thought of becoming a court reporter, you know someone who would make a great reporter or if you have any questions about becoming a court reporter, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you and answer all of your questions.