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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Court reporters play an important role in our judicial system, capturing, protecting, and preserving records of court proceedings and pre-trial depositions. MacCormac College is an industry-leading college of court reporting. In fact, our Chicago court reporter program was the first in the nation. Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting degree program will learn how to transcribe and create complete and accurate legal records while taking advantage of exciting internship opportunities and learning skills they can transition from the classroom to the courtroom.

Hear From The Court Reporting Program Director!

What Can You Do With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting?

Many MacCormac College graduates become official court reporters for state and federal courts operating in the greater Chicago area and around the country. However, your associate degree in court reporting can also open doors for you to work as a freelance court reporter, a convention reporter, a steno interpreter or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) provider for consumers who are hearing impaired, a webcast captioner or a broadcast captioner.


While there are many institutions that offer degree programs for court reporters, MacCormac College is the court reporting school Chicago residents choose when they're looking for quality education, value and hands-on experience designed to help court reporting professionals succeed in the workplace.

When choosing MacCormac College, you can be confident that your instructors are committed to academic success and are prepared to provide the hands-on, skills-based education you're looking for in a court reporting program. We've earned a reputation for excellence among court reporting colleges and have been training court reporters for more than a century. MacCormac College is proud to have the distinction of establishing the first court reporting program of its kind in the United States in 1912.

We offer small class sizes of no more than 15 students, which helps ensure each student gets individual instruction and fully understands what he or she is being taught. During their core program court reporting classes, community college students gain valuable experience in real-time reporting. Our dedicated stenographer school instructors prepare students for the state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exams.

With any type of higher education, certification and accreditation matter. Our Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting degree program is certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).


When graduating from our two-year court reporting degree program, you will have firsthand knowledge and practice you can apply to your post-graduation court reporting role. Our learning outcomes are designed to give our graduates the necessary foundation to add value as court reporters. In order to graduate from stenographer school, Chicago court reporting major students must be able to demonstrate they have mastered the following:

  • Proficiency in legal, technical and medical terminologies to allow the reporter to accurately record this information. You will be exposed to terms and phrases with which many people simply are not familiar and expected to document them correctly.
  • Listening and concentration skills that can help with machine shorthand writing. Successful court reporters are good listeners and observant — both of which help ensure official records are accurate and complete.
  • The ability to accurately punctuate and apply English language spelling and grammar principles in transcriptions.
  • Expertise in appropriate speeds and theory principles. Court reporting and transcribing are fast-paced and exciting for professionals with the skills to keep up.
  • Knowledge of current events — including local, national and international happenings. You will be encouraged to read and watch the news and generally stay informed. Doing so can help guarantee accuracy of transcribed and recorded information.
  • Working knowledge of technologies commonly used in the court reporting profession.
  • A solid understanding of the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics.

As a court reporting major in Chicago, your classes will include a variety of fast-paced and exciting courses including shorthand, speed building, software applications, terminology and more. For a comprehensive look at required core and general education courses to earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in Court Reporting, view the complete program outline.

Employment Outlook and Earnings Potential for Court Reporters

Whenever court is in session or depositions are being taken, and whenever materials need to be transcribed, there are opportunities for court reporters. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of court reporters in the U.S. will grow at 7%  between 2018 and 2028. It also predicts that those who learn real-time captioning and CART skills to help people who are hearing impaired will have the most favorable job prospects.

The national median annual wage for court reporters in 2018 was $57,150. In Illinois, the annual mean wage was higher at $68,560.

Hands-On Learning — Including Supervised Internships

One of the reasons the MacCormac College Court Reporting program is so respected is because of its focus on providing skills-based training graduates can use in the workplace.

An important part of training for a new career is understanding what the job entails. Every court reporting degree-seeking student at MacCormac College completes a supervised internship. This provides an exciting opportunity for students to try potential career options before graduation, to hone and fine-tune their skills, and to become more confident with the processes and technologies they will use when joining the workforce.

We offer a variety of internships — including (but not limited to) the following opportunities:

  • U.S. District Courts
  • Illinois Circuit Courts
  • Bridges Court Reporting and Video Services
  • Esquire Solutions
  • Jensen Litigation Solutions
  • Lake Shore Reporting
  • McCorkle Litigation Services, Inc.
  • Urlaub Bowen & Associates
  • Victoria's Court Reporting Services

These opportunities are just some of the many reasons MacCormac College has earned a reputation as a court reporting school that Chicago court reporters trust and respect.

Committed to Meeting or Exceeding Our Program Goals

Our program mission is to provide a strong foundation for junior college students, to prepare them for careers as professional judicial reporters. Whether you choose to work in an administrative, governmental or judicial venue, as a MacCormac College graduate with a court reporting major in Chicago, you will have the academic knowledge and technical expertise to succeed as a professional court reporter.

Court reporting degree-seeking students obtain experience with real-time reporting techniques and technology during their core courses. Our curriculum is also designed to prepare graduates to pass the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the national Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) exams. More than simply teaching technological proficiency or helping students pass exams, the MacCormac College Court Reporting degree program is designed to instill professionalism in our graduates.

Earning your Associate of Applied Science degree in Court Reporting from MacCormac College can position you for a career that offers independence, flexibility, exciting work and rewarding compensation. Get a court reporting degree that Chicago-area employers recognize and respect.

To get more information, contact us today.