Course Outline

  • Theory for Court Reporting (see below)
  • Speed Building (see below)
    1. 2-Voice Training (see below)
    2. 1-Voice Straight Manual (see below)
    3. 3 and 4 Voice Manual (see below)

Theory for Court Reporting – In-House Student

  • Full-Time Days – 144 Contact Hours – 4 months
  • Full-Time Nights – 144 Contact Hours – 6 months

This course consists of 40 lessons contained in a Theory textbook.  The lessons cover learning the keyboard of the Stenograph Machine, principles and rules of writing a phonetic shorthand and an introduction to abbreviations and phases to utilize in writing.  All lessons have been dictated on master CDs, copies of which are distributed to students for assignments.  Students use their textbook and CDs and the Instructor’s guidelines to prepare their assignments.  Assignments are reviewed in live class with the Instructor.  Students are expected to be prepared to be called on to participate and contribute to the live class session.

Speed Building – In-House Student

  • Full-Time Days – 1,584 Contact Hours – 24 months
  • Full-Time Nights – 1,188 Contact Hours – 35 months
  • Full-Time Days and Full-Time Nights  –  1,872 Contact Hours (20 months)

This course is designed to take a student from 60 words per minute up to 200 words per minute of writing skill on the court reporting machine. 2-Voice Testimony and 1-Voice Straight Material are the two elements comprising the Speed Building foundation.  3 and 4-Voice Material is offered periodically to help build designation skills.

2-Voice Training

This consists of actual court cases and depositions which demonstrates the wide range of terminology that is found in a testimony-based setting.  Expert technical to lay-person questions and answers are used to increase speed, accuracy, and vocabulary

  • Full Time Days – 712.8 Contact Hours – 24 months – 45% of Class Time
  • Full Time Nights – 534.6 Contact Hours – 35 months – 45% of Class Time
  • Full Time Days & Nights – 842.4 Contact Hours – 20 months – 45% of Class Time

1-Voice Training

This consists of actual Jury Charges, Legal Opinion, Oral Argument and Summations.  This material differs from 2-Voice Testimony in that one person is speaking rather than two.  1-Voice Straight Material writing is interesting and special emphasis is placed on stroking power and an attentiveness to detail in verbatim writing.

  • Full Time Days – 792 Contact Hours – 24 months – 50% of Class Time
  • Full Time Nights – 594 Contact Hours – 35 months – 50% of Class Time
  • Full Time Days & Nights – 936 Contact Hours – 20 months – 50% of Class Time

3 and 4 Voice Training

5% of all dictated material.  This consists of actual court cases and depositions which demonstrates the wide range of terminology that is found in a testimony-based setting.

  • Full Time Days – 79.2 Contact Hours – 24 months – 5% of Class Time
  • Full Time Nights – 59.4 Contact Hours – 35 months – 5% of Class Time
  • Full Time Days & Nights – 93.6 Contact Hours – 20 months – 5% of Class Time

All dictation is given at timed speeds.  Each class ends with a dictated test for each speed level.  Formats and supplemental information are given to students.  Suggested handbooks and research materials are also discussed.