The focus of this program is to prepare students to become Court Reporters by developing their machine shorthand speed to 225 words a minute and typing speed to 50 net wpm. The Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis provides the tools to build a solid foundation in English grammar and punctuation, legal and medical terminologies, anatomy, psychology, speech, courtroom and deposition procedures, and transcription via computer. Graduates of the Court Reporting program may seek employment as official court reporters, stenographers, freelance or deposition reporters, or as a captioner. State specific requirements may apply.

Course Details

This course is designed to introduce the principles of machine shorthand writing with punctuation. Brief forms, phonetic writing and their application to verbatim reporting are presented to begin the development of conflict-free writing and transcribing live dictation.

This course is designed to complete basic machine shorthand theory principles, with emphasis on vocabulary building, phrases, numbers, and specialized terms pertaining to jury charge and literary dictation. Speed and accuracy are stressed in writing from live dictation. Prerequisite: CR122.

Advanced theory principles are completed, and unfamiliar dictation material is introduced and stressed in the areas of literary, jury charge, and testimony. Emphasis is on speedbuilding, accurate transcription, spelling, and punctuation. Readback of shorthand notes is part of each class. The student will attain speeds of 80 words a minute on unfamiliar material. Prerequisite: CR124.

Advanced theory principles are completed, and unfamiliar dictation material is introduced and stressed in the areas of literary, jury charge, and testimony. Emphasis is on speedbuilding, accurate transcription, spelling, and punctuation. Readback of shorthand notes is part of each class. The student will attain speeds of 100 words a minute on unfamiliar material. Prerequisite: CR126A.

Emphasis is on the development of machine shorthand skill to 120 words a minute. Material including literary, jury charge, and two-voice testimony is introduced and refined. Readback of shorthand notes is part of each class. Stress is on speedbuilding, automatizing theory principles, vocabulary building, and development of transcription skills through written interrogatories. Prerequisite: CR126B

Emphasis is on the development of machine shorthand skill to 140 words a minute. Material including literary, jury charge, and two-voice testimony is introduced and refined. Readback of shorthand notes is part of each class. Stress is on speedbuilding, automatizing theory principles, vocabulary building, and development of transcription skills through written interrogatories. Prerequisite: CR222A.

Emphasis is on punctuation of spoken English as transcribed by the reporter. Application of the basic rules of punctuation for written English to the special problems encountered by the reporter, including specific rules for abbreviations, quotes, numbers, and paragraphing. Prerequisite: GE212

This course emphasis is on development of machine shorthand skill to 160 words per minute. Up to four hours daily of live dictation including literary, jury charge, two- and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Readback of shorthand notes is part of each class. Transcription is stressed, striving for accuracy in spelling, punctuation, notereading, and formatting of depositions.
Prerequisite: CR222B.

This course emphasis is on development of machine shorthand skill to 180 words per minute. Up to four hours daily of live dictation including literary, jury charge, two- and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Readback of shorthand notes is part of each class. Transcription is stressed, striving for accuracy in spelling, punctuation, notereading, and formatting of depositions. Prerequisite: CR322A.

Introduction to the Internet, Windows XP, Microsoft WORD, and Case Catalyst computeraided transcription software. Prerequisite: none.

This is an advanced technology course with increased focus on instruction of computer-aided transcription (CAT) and realtime translation software for court reporters. Familiarization with litigation support is included. Full-Time Program Prerequisite: CR222B and CR342.

This course emphasizes the skills needed to be a freelance reporter or associate of a reporting firm, with emphasis on deposition format and procedures, including videotaping. Students also learn the skills needed by an official reporter, with simulated courtroom situations and preparation of multi-voice transcripts. Student must be able to produce a ten-page transcript of a court proceeding in two hours.
Prerequisite: CR322.

Emphasis is on the development of machine shorthand skill to 200 words per minute. Live dictation daily including literary, jury charge, multi-voice testimony, medical/technical dictation, and current events. Emphasis is placed on preparation for the CSR and RPR exams. Readback is part of each class. Accurate transcription, including correct format of court proceedings, is stressed. The internship requires at least 50 verified hours of actual writing time and production of a saleable 50-page transcript based on testimony written. Prerequisite: CR322B.

Emphasis is on the development of machine shorthand skill to 225 words per minute. Live dictation daily including literary, jury charge, multi-voice testimony, medical/technical dictation, and current events. Emphasis is placed on preparation for the CSR and RPR exams. Readback is part of each class. Accurate transcription, including correct format of court proceedings, is stressed. The internship requires at least 50 verified hours of actual writing time and production of a saleable 50-page transcript based on testimony written. Prerequisite: CR422A.

This course is designed to build a background vocabulary in the technical language of medicine, stressing word formation, spelling, and correct usage. Prerequisite: none.

Emphasis is on the judicial system; types of courts and jurisdictions; discovery, trial, and appellate processes; the legislative process; and administrative and executive agencies. The role of the reporter in the legal system is defined, including ethics of the profession and the NCRA Code of Professional Responsibility. Course includes familiarizing students with the meanings and spellings of Latin and English terms, introduction to methods of legal research and sources of law as well as familiarity with basic citation forms. Prerequisite: none.

This course will build a solid foundation in grammar and the processes of writing. The writing process, including essay prewriting, first-draft writing, revising, editing, and proofreading will be covered as it relates to narrative, description, and compare-contract essays. The student will practice writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: None.

This course consists of the study of the importance of speech as an aid in social adjustment, the improvement of articulation and pronunciation, the study of the use of bodily activity and its relation to effective speaking; and vocabulary development. Prerequisite: none.

This course is a continuation of the writing skills acquired in GE112, emphasizing parts of speech. The study of the writing process will continue with process, cause-effect, and argumentative essays. Research methods including both print and electronic resources and MLA citation will be introduced. The student will demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills and practice writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: GE112.

This course includes the study of the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, circulatory and lymph system, gastrointestinal system, and genito-urinary system. Instruction related to mental and physical diseases and the use of reference materials is included. Prerequisite: GE113.

This course introduces the theories, research, and applications that constitute the science of psychology and how they apply to everyday life. Prerequisite: none.

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Program Timeframe

Program Length: 120 weeks
85 Quarter Credit Hours of Court Reporting theory & associated lab work
23 Quarter Credit Hours of General Education
108 Total Qtr. Credit Hrs.

*Actual timeframe dependent on student performance & course availability.

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