Legal Transcription Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Companies in insurance and law have a need for legal transcription professionals. Prospective students who wish to enter into this field have two training options to choose from, including a certificate in legal transcription and an associate's degree in legal transcription technology. Both programs are offered by community colleges and vocational schools throughout the United States.

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How to Select a Legal Transcription School or College

Prospective students interested in a legal transcription career can choose to earn a certificate program or an associate's degree program. A certificate can be completed in as little as one year of full-time study. Certificate programs appeal to prospective students who want to learn the fundamentals of legal transcription in a short period of time. Unlike an associate's degree program in the field that includes additional studies on other topics closely associated with legal transcription, a certificate program offers little in the way of additional subject areas.

In contrast, an associate's degree in legal transcription technology prepares graduates for a range of career options. An associate's degree takes two years to complete. Associate's degree holders will be able to compete for legal transcription positions as well as jobs as shorthand court reporters, legal secretaries, television closed captionists and office transcription assistants. Some of the core courses found in each training program include court reporting theory, English and editing for transcription, computer-aided transcription, legal dictionary building and basic dictionary building. Additionally, a student enrolled in an associate's degree program in legal transcription technology will have to complete courses in word processing and typing.

Students in an associate's degree program may have the opportunity to complete an internship while enrolled. An internship offers students a chance to gain real-world legal transcription service experience working at a law firm or in a local courtroom. Many potential employers prefer applicants who have completed an internship.

Largest Schools and Colleges by Student Population

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Miami Dade College 57,222 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
East Los Angeles College 34,065 2-year, Public
Santa Monica College 31,404 2-year, Public
Long Beach City College 26,927 2-year, Public
Palomar College 26,805 2-year, Public
Fresno City College 24,783 2-year, Public
Cerritos College 23,236 2-year, Public
San Diego Mesa College 23,059 2-year, Public
Los Angeles Pierce College 22,434 2-year, Public
Fullerton College 22,068 2-year, Public
Southwestern College 22,030 2-year, Public
Nassau Community College 21,952 2-year, Public
South Texas College 21,666 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Santa Rosa Junior College 20,298 2-year, Public
Los Angeles City College 19,672 2-year, Public
Sinclair Community College 19,466 2-year, Public
Lansing Community College 19,445 2-year, Public
Johnson County Community College 19055 2-year, Public
Milwaukee Area Technical College 18,780 2-year, Public
San Diego City College 18,637 2-year, Public
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