• VERITEXT STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER

    Welcome to the Veritext Student Resource Center for those interested in a career in Court Reporting!

Veritext believes that key to the continued success of the court reporting profession is to educate and shine light on the opportunity and livelihood that the profession affords. We are dedicated to raising awareness about the distinguished profession of court reporting and to providing qualified students with scholarships and financial opportunities to pursue their education, certification and flourishing career as a court reporter.

Here you will find cultivated resources to help you choose a court reporting school, get into school, apply for scholarships, and then transition from graduation to a practicing steno reporter.

What is a Court Reporter?

A court reporter, also known as a “stenographer” is a highly-trained professional who provides an integral and necessary service to our legal system.

As dedicated custodians of the record, court reporters rely on a highly refined set of skills to accomplish the task of capturing the spoken word in real time with the use of a Stenotype machine, a special shorthand keyboard.  Court reporters are typically employed for legal proceedings, including depositions, arbitrations, trials, and hearings, or for a number of other purposes such as broadcast closed-captioning for the deaf or hard-of-hearing, at live events, and shareholder meetings.

An advanced court reporter can offer realtime services in which they provide instantaneous conversion of the spoken word from their steno machine which is then displayed on a TV, computer, or smart device, in real time. This also allows their clients immediate access to the transcript.

In general, a court reporter must:

  • Achieve a shorthand speed of about 225 wpm
  • Be proficient in English grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Have an excellent understanding of legal and business ethics
  • Have an exceptional understanding of legal principles and medical terminology
  • Possess a high level of professionalism

Why Become a Court Reporter?

A career in court reporting and captioning not only rewarding, it is in demand now more than ever in our industry, with thousands of exciting and lucrative job opportunities around the world.

A few notable perks:

  • You can become a court reporter in just 2 years!
  • Court reporting can offer you employment security, and pay you a 6-figure income
  • Court reporters and captioners have the opportunity to work in interesting and exciting venues such as court rooms, schools, sports stadiums, televisions studios, high-profile events, and more!
  • Set your own schedule  choose where and how often you want to work
  • Travel the world as a freelance court reporter!
  • Court reporting is like learning speed texting and a new language all in one
  • Find great reward in your career by transcribing live events for the deaf and hard of hearing