Are you interested in a new career? Whether you’re looking for your first professional job or are seeking a change, we’ve got tips for selecting a court reporting school.
First, research court reporting as a career. Read articles, connect with experienced reporters, ask questions, and decide if it’s the right move for you.
- Utilize professional organizations like the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) to connect with other professionals and read articles from those in the trenches.
- Connect with court reporters on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. Groups are often a helpful resource for learning and asking specific questions.
- Find out where the closest court reporting schools are located; you may need to move to be closer to school or you may opt for an online program to get your certification.
Second, if this is the right career for you, decide if you can go to school full-time or part-time.
There are part-time and full-time options available for court reporting school so it’s important to understand what you’re able to do. Keep in mind that if you go part-time, it will take you longer to get through the program but it may also cost you less because you’re able to pay as you go rather than potentially financing your schooling.
In Oklahoma, there is currently no accredited court reporting program so you’d need to attend Oklahoma College of Court Reporting, research online programs, or move to another state.
Third, think about your career after graduation.
It’s a bit daunting to think about your life in your first career or a new career but it’s an important consideration when thinking about becoming a reporter. There are programs that offer placement post-school especially for those that know where they want to use their skills. If you know you want to work in the legal field that may be a different track for your education than someone who wants to be a real-time reporter or closed captioner.
While court reporters have similar skills, those that are faster and more accurate can become real-time reporters while others may opt to transcribe classes for the hearing impaired, for example.
We’re excited that you’re considering becoming a court reporter! Please let us know how we can help you on your career path and all the best in your new venture!