Court Reporting

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Program Number: 10-170-2
School Year: 2014-2015
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac, Offered through Lakeshore Technical College

Program Description

You’ve seen high-profile trials with a person keying the testimony into a stenograph machine or read the scrolling captions for the hearing-impaired on your TV screen. The person recording the spoken words at speeds ranging from 180 to 225 words a minute is a court reporter. If you’re an excellent listener, have strong language and communications skills, and are committed to accuracy and confidentiality, a career in court reporting may be a perfect fit for you.

Lakeshore Technical College offers its Court Reporting program in cooperation with technical colleges across the state. As a court reporting student, you'll attend live, interactive TV classes sent from Lakeshore Technical College to Moraine Park. General studies classes and labs can be taken at Moraine Park.

Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$30,000 $44,900

Approximate Costs

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop proficiency in machine shorthand using realtime theory.
  • Produce salable transcripts on a realtime translation system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper reporting procedures and responsibilities for freelance and official reporting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and medical concepts and terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the professional reporting organizations and methods of gaining certification as a Registered Professional Reporter.
  • Develop a personal dictionary, read, translate, and edit transcripts using CAT (computer-aided transcription) software.

Career Opportunities

  • Legislative Reporter
  • Official Court Reporter in the Court System
  • Freelance Reporter
  • Scopist

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The admission process for a shared program should be completed at the host college granting the degree. Please submit the following to Lakeshore Technical College:


  • College admission application
  • $30 one-time fee
  • High school and other official college transcripts
  • College assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). Note: The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
  • Meet with a representative at the host college to review course sequencing.
  • Check with the host college if any additional steps are required.

Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
MPTC Courses
801-136 English Composition 1 3
 - OR - 
801-195 Written Communication (LTC) 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
809-122 Introduction to American Government 3
 - OR - 
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
809-195 Economics 3
 - OR - 
809-144 Macroeconomics (LTC) 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
 - OR - 
804-123 Math with Business Applications (LTC) 3
 - OR - 
806-112 Principles of Sustainability (LTC) 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Lakeshore Courses
170-105 Realtime Reporting 2 (LTC) 5
170-106 Realtime Reporting 1 (LTC) 5
170-108 Realtime Reporting Speed Development (LTC) 2
170-109 Literary 1 - Advanced (LTC) 2
170-111 Literary 2 - Advanced (LTC) 2
170-128 Jury Charge 1 - Advanced (LTC) 2
170-129 Jury Charge 2 - Advanced (LTC) 2
170-141 Court Reporting Procedures (LTC) 2
170-144 Realtime Reporting Orientation (LTC) 1
170-145 Court Reporting Internship (LTC) 1
170-156 Testimony 1 - Advanced (LTC) 3
170-157 Testimony 2 - Advanced (LTC) 3
170-159 Realtime Reporting Technology (LTC) 2
170-160 Legal Terminology (LTC) 1
170-171 Medical Reporting and Terminology (LTC) 2
170-184 English for Realtime Reporters (LTC) 1
170-804 Realtime Reporting 1 Lab (LTC) 1
170-805 Realtime Reporting 2 Lab (LTC) 1
170-809 Literary 1 Lab - Advanced (LTC) 1
170-811 Literary 2 Lab - Advanced (LTC) 1
170-828 Jury Charge 1 Lab - Advanced (LTC) 1
170-829 Jury Charge 2 Lab - Advanced (LTC) 1
170-857 Testimony 2 Lab - Advanced (LTC) 1
170-859 Testimony 1 Lab - Advanced (LTC) 1
Total 65
 
Beginning Courses Required Prior to Advanced Courses
170-121 Jury Charge 1 - Beginner 2 crs. 
170-826 Jury Charge 1 Lab - Beginner 2 crs.
170-122  Jury Charge 2 – Beginner           2 crs.
170-827  Jury Charge 2 Lab – Beginner   2 crs.
170-113  Literary 1 – Beginner                    2 crs.
170-808  Literary 1 Lab – Beginner            2 crs.
170-114  Literary 2 – Beginner                    2 crs.
170-810  Literary 2 Lab – Beginner            2 crs.
170-153  Testimony 1 – Beginner              2 crs.
170-858 Testimony 1 Lab - Beginner 2 crs.
170-154 Testimony 2 – Beginner             2 crs.
170-855 Testimony 2  Lab – Beginner    2 crs.
Optional Credits  
170-161 Realtime Reporting Technology Advanced        2 crs.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.