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Court Reporting

The Court Reporting Program prepares students to become a licensed Certified Shorthand Court Reporter in the State of California. The skill of writing on a stenograph machine is unique and in high demand. Court Reporters can choose to work in the legal community as a deposition reporter or in the courthouse, provide CART services for the hard of hearing, TV captioning and much, much more. The average court reporter earns over $55,000 per year.

Do you want a flexible schedule?
Are you goal oriented?
Do you want to be an independent contractor?
This Career may be for you!

  • English Grammar – Beginning & Advanced
  • Punctuation
  • Vocabulary
  • Medical I and II
  • Legal Terminology
  • Criminal Law & Procedures
  • Deposition Procedures
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Transcription Preparation
  • CSR Preparation
  • CaseCAT Software – Beginning & Advanced
  • Eclipse Software – Beginning & Advanced
  • Total Hours 1110 per year (Average completion 2-4 years)

Certifications available

CSR Certified Shorthand Reporter

Court Reporters Board of California -

Cost for Program: $3,699 per year – Campus
Cost for Program: $3,999 per year – Online

Program cost does not include books. Some fees are paid directly to the CSR Board for certification.

Possible Job Opportunities

  • Deposition Court Reporter
  • Official Court Reporter
  • CART Provider
  • TV Captioner
  • Scopist

Median Wage: $33.97

Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2017. Wages and actual employment are not guaranteed. Wages do not reflect self-employment.

Year-Round Pell

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the United States Department of Education has implemented Year-Round Pell Grants, permitting students to receive up to 150% of the regular Pell Grant Award over the course of 1 academic year.

Provisions of the new law passed, state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) in accordance with section 401(c)(5) of the HEA. 

With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to complete their eligible program. However, students should keep in mind that the use of Year-Round Pell may significantly reduce their Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU).

Student should consult with their program director to develop a manageable course load for the completion of their program.

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