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Court Reporting At A Glance

What does a Court Reporter do?

Court Reporters are the quiet professionals who preserve official records by making word-for-word reports of cases, depositions meetings, speeches, and other events. Using machines called stenographs, they transcribe and create a complete and accurate legal record. Court Reporters play a crucial role in legal proceedings.

Employment Outlook

According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of court reporters is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. The need for official court reporters is critical due to the expected retirement of significant numbers of official court reporters in the next five years. Those with experience and training in techniques for helping deaf or hard-of-hearing people, such as Realtime captioning and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), will have the best job prospects.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Official court reporter
  • Freelance court reporter
  • Convention reporter
  • CART provider (Communication Access Realtime Translation) for deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers
  • Broadcast captioner
  • Webcast captioner

Why study Court Reporting at MacCormac?

MacCormac College holds the distinction of having established the first Court Reporting program in the United States in 1912, and MacCormac graduates are well respected in the court reporting industry. Furthermore, at MacCormac you will receive personal attention from dedicated instructors, with most classes having no more than 15 students. MacCormac students receive preparation for the state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exams. During core classes, students gain experience in realtime reporting.

Internship Possibilities

All MacCormac Court Reporting students complete a supervised internship, which gives them the opportunity to define career goals, gain experience, and acquire self-confidence in the workplace. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the internship opportunities we offer:

  • 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


MacCormac College’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in Court Reporting is certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).