Judicial court reporting | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio
Juducial Court Reporting

Judicial court reporting


This judicial court reporting online program is a shared program between Clark State Community College and Stark State College, offering a unique opportunity for providing excellence in teaching and learning.  Specific courses are offered at each institution and those courses will transfer to the other.

You’ll receive an associate of applied business in judicial court reporting from both Stark State College and Clark State Community College.

The vital, exciting and rewarding IT profession provides opportunities in multiple real-time career paths.  Judicial court reporters are the guardians of the record, providing a verbatim record of the proceedings of a courtroom, deposition, hearing, arbitration or meeting and producing an accurate transcript of the proceedings using state-of-the-art technology.

This technology allows court reporters to provide instantaneous translation, referred to as real-time, for all parties involved in the proceedings, whether present onsite or via the Internet. The ability to create word-for-word accounts and provide realtime translation opens the career opportunities beyond the courtroom and depositions to closed captioning and beyond.

Clark/Stark students learn to write real-time using a computerized machine and to prepare transcripts using computer-aided software.  Your writing skills are perfected using a real-time learning practice and testing Web environment along with many specialized drills, and you  have access to an on-campus mock courtroom and on-campus real-time labs.

Students are required to complete a significant internship is required, exposing you to the judicial court reporting field in a real-world environment.

This joint program meets or exceeds the General Requirements and Minimum Standards required by the National Court Reporters Association.

Demand for court reporters is predicted to exceed supply within five years, yielding a nationwide shortage; the average starting salary for a court reporter is $43,000 annually.*                   
*Ducker Worldwide

Work in many areas, including these and other:

  • state or local government courts/legislatures
  • for attorneys and judges
  • as broadcast or Internet captioners
  • as CART providers

Prepare for a career in these and other roles:

  • official reporter
  • freelance reporter
  • captioner
  • CART provider

Your pathway to a degree

Associate degree

The JCR program offers distance learning opportunities through web-based education.


Additional fees

Students in this program must purchase or rent a stenograph machine (app. $1,595 new) and Case CATalyst software (app. $345). Students have the option of “monthly rental,” “rent to own,” or “buying used” machines from Stenograph Corporation.  Visit stenograph.com/student-writer-packages for more details.

Graduation requirements

Graduation requirements for judicial reporting:

The Judicial Court Reporting program is approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). This association’s requirements are met or exceeded with the following standards:

  • The student shall pass three five-minute tests with a minimum of 95-percent accuracy at each of the following speeds: 225 words per minute (wpm) testimony (two-voice), 200 wpm jury charge and 180 wpm literary.
  • The student shall complete at least 75 verified hours of internship under the supervision of a practicing professional judicial court reporter, composing a summary of complete experience as well as preparing a 40-page complete, accurate transcript from internship experiences.
  • The student shall prepare a five-page, first-pass transcript with a minimum of 95-percent accuracy.

Clark State and Stark State reserve the right to change these standards when determined educationally expedient


  • Associate of applied business

Transfer agreement

  • Franklin University

Program scholarships

  • Betty Jean Morford Scholarship

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Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply grammar and punctuation skills, vocabulary knowledge, computer literacy, legal and medical terminology, and judicial processes for the court reporting profession.
  • Use appropriate resources to organize, research, evaluate information, and utilize court reporting technology in the preparation of a complete and accurate 40-page transcript.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of ethics and demonstrate employability skills and characteristics as a court reporting professional.
  • Transcribe a minimum of three 5-minute, 2-voice testimony tests with a minimum of 95% accuracy dictated at a minimum of 225 wpm.
  • Transcribe a minimum of three 5-minute jury charge tests with a minimum of 95% accuracy dictated at a minimum of 200 wpm.
  • Transcribe a minimum of three 5-minute literary tests with a minimum of 95% accuracy dictated at a minimum of 180 wpm.
  • Transcribe a simulated state certification test, state qualifying exam, or RPR skills test within the allotted test transcription guidelines.


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