The Legal Transcription Course is a self-paced, online course providing students with general legal knowledge and practical skills vital to becoming proficient legal transcriptionists. Individuals are prepared for working in a law firm or legal office, a service providing legal transcription, or as a freelance legal transcriptionist from their own home office. Areas covered will include an introduction to law in the United States and the court systems. Students will also learn legal terminology, specifically as it relates to a legal specialty. As well, major legal specialties will be discussed including criminal law, family law, and contracts to name a few.
Further, students will transcribe approximately 20 hours of business and law documents to build their skills in formatting of documents. They will be provided with all materials necessary to complete this including voice files on USB flash drive, an Infinity foot pedal, and a headset.
This course will provide a solid foundation for the successful future legal transcriptionist.
A legal transcription and legal word processor careers are a good fit for those interested in newer fields, grammar, legal terminology, working from home, typing, and listening. Since legal transcription is a newer career path, it is not tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics yet. According to Payscale, legal word processors or legal transcribers earn about $40,000 to $50,000 a year on average and many work from home, while some are freelancers.
Legal transcriptionists are employed in various organizations, such as :
- Law firms
- Corporate legal departments
- Government agencies
Businesses require accurate legal records, so they hire employees to accurately transcribe and edit these documents. Employers highly values people with a good understanding of legal terminology, good grammar skills, and fast typing skills. As the new field continues to gain in popularity, the need for legal transcriptionists will continue to grow.
You will be required to acheive a 70% or higher. After successful completion of each quiz, you will be able to review the quiz questions and your answers. You will be allowed 5 attempts at each quiz.
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