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Online Court Reporting
Court reporting has long been a popular college major, preparing students to join the workforce in a career that plays a key role in judicial proceedings, or in one of many other exciting job opportunities outside the courtroom. MacCormac College in Chicago is proud to offer a new Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting degree program, offered entirely online.
What Can You Do With an Online Court Reporting Degree?
When earning your online court reporting degree, you will have the skills and education necessary to jump into a role as a traditional court reporter — transcribing proceedings in federal or state courts anywhere in the country.
There are other career options for online court reporting school graduates, too, such as working as a steno interpreter, a communication access real-time translation (CART) provider, a broadcast or webcast captioner, a convention reporter, and more. Many court reporting degree program graduates also choose to work as freelance court reporters. This option gives them the opportunity to work for themselves — taking only those court reporting or transcription jobs they want.
Why Consider an Online Court Reporting School?
With an online court reporting associate degree from MacCormac College, you will be exposed to and have the same valuable information and educational opportunities as students who choose to attend courses at our campus in downtown Chicago.
Online learning offers today’s busy students a way to earn their court reporting degrees from the comfort of their homes. It can be difficult to find time to commute to campus to attend classes, especially for adults who are already in the workforce or who have time-consuming family obligations. With our online court reporting degree option, there is no need to spend time commuting. Simply log online from virtually anywhere in the world to complete your coursework.
Why Choose MacCormac College’s Online Court Reporting Program?
While there are other court reporting online schools, MacCormac College has a history of excellence in court reporting education. In fact, our traditional, in-classroom court reporting program was the first of its kind in the United States. We have been educating court reporters in and around Chicago and across the country since 1912.
Whether you choose to earn your degree on campus or through our online program, you will finish your education having gained valuable, hands-on court reporting experience designed with one primary goal in mind: preparing students to join the workforce. Just like our traditional degree program, our online Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting degree program is accredited and certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
MacCormac College has a reputation for excellence, due in part to our educators’ unwavering commitment to academic success. Students enrolled in court reporting online programs can sometimes feel disconnected from their fellow degree-seekers. At MacCormac College, we work hard to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Our court reporting online degree program was designed to engage students in nontraditional ways. That’s why we prepare our online students for the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) exams with the same methods used in the classroom.
Curriculum Designed to Help Graduates Succeed After College
The MacCormac College online court reporting degree offers an attractive alternative for many students, but that does not mean the program is less rigorous than our on-campus program.
Our court reporting degree program curriculum requires students to demonstrate mastery in a variety of areas, including the following:
- Listening skills, which are critical for accuracy and success in court reporting careers.
- Applying English language spelling, grammar and proper punctuation in transcriptions.
- Understanding common and less well-known words and phrases used in the legal and medical industries, and being able to accurately transcribe them.
- Staying up to date with current events — on the local, national and international stages.
- Speed and theory principles. Successful court reporters have learned to master speed and accuracy.
- Ability to use court reporting technologies effectively.
- Understanding of ethical principles, including the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics.
Exciting Internship Opportunities Give Students More Hands-On Practice
Traditional and online court reporting degree candidates have the chance to gain hands-on experience shadowing and helping court reporters in a variety of exciting settings. This gives you the chance to explore potential jobs while you are still earning your degree, helping you gain experience and confidence in your abilities.
Some of the internship opportunities our students have enjoyed include the following:
- U.S. District Court
- Illinois Circuit Courts
- Jensen Litigation Solutions
- McCorkle Litigation Services, Inc.
- Urlaub Bowen & Associates
- Bridges Court Reporting and Video Services
- Esquire Solutions
- Lake Shore Reporting
- Victoria’s Court Reporting Services
Favorable Employment Outlook Makes Court Reporting an Attractive Option
Of course, it is important to consider what your job prospects will be after earning your online court reporting degree. Court reporting continues to be a solid career choice. There is a projected growth of 3% in court reporting jobs from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Income potential matters, too. The median pay for court reporters across the country in 2018 was $57,150 per year, or $27.48 per hour, with court reporters in Illinois earning higher than the median.
MacCormac College Online Court Reporting Program Goals
Court reporters play an important role in ensuring materials are transcribed accurately, including depositions, courtroom proceedings and more.
At MacCormac College, our goal is to prepare online and traditional court reporting degree-seekers for this fast-paced career. We strive to give students the foundational knowledge, technical training and support they need to thrive after graduation. In your online court reporting courses, you will learn real-time reporting techniques while also working on professionalism.
Earning your court reporting degree online through MacCormac College can open doors to an exciting and rewarding future career.