Judicial Court Reporting Major



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 will be offered at each institution and those courses will transfer to the other under specific guidelines of this “Shared Program” initiative.  Students will 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 of judicial court reporting provides opportunities in multiple realtime 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 realtime for all parties involved in the proceedings, whether present on site or at a distance 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 realtime using a computerized machine and to prepare transcripts using computer-aided (CAT) software.  Students’ writing skills are perfected by utilizing a realtime learning practice and testing web environment along with many additional specialized drills, and students have access to an on-campus mock courtroom, as well as on-campus realtime labs.  Students are required to complete a significant internship prior to graduating, providing exposure to the judicial court reporting field in a real-world environment.

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

According to an independent study conducted by Ducker Worldwide (Ducker), one of the nation’s leading marketplace analyst firms, demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years, yielding a nationwide shortage.  By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S. … according to the 2013-14 Court Reporting Industry Outlook Report.  Average starting salary for a court reporter, as reported by Ducker, is $43,000 annually; and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for court reporting salaries is expected to increase by 14 percent through the year 2020.

Your pathway to a degree

Associate Degree

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

Associate of applied business

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.

  • Betty Jean Morford Scholarship
  • Franklin University
  • state or local government courts/legislatures
  • for attorneys and judges
  • as broadcast or Internet captioners
  • as CART providers
  • official reporter
  • freelance reporter
  • captioner
  • CART provider

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.

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business degree in Judicial Court Reporting, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write a realtime translation theory.
  • Read aloud from shorthand notes quickly and accurately.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic hardware care, maintenance, and setup of a realtime system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of law and legal terminology, anatomy and/or medical terminology and current events.
  • Perform skills in reporting procedures, transcript production, and operating practices in the role of the realtime reporter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional issues, continuing education, and the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Write and transcribe testimony at 225 wpm with at least 95 percent accuracy.
  • Write and transcribe jury charge at 200 wpm with at least 95 percent accuracy.
  • Write and transcribe literary at 180 wpm with at least 95 percent accuracy.
  • Perform 75 hours of verified internship, preparing a 40-page complete, accurate transcript, and summarizing the experience in a written narrative.