Court Reporting

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Public Policy & Service
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC

What is the Court Reporting program?

This program provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to become certified as a court reporter. Court reporters make a word-for-word record of legal proceedings in a courtroom or deposition setting, creating a certified transcript for use by the legal profession.

What will I learn?

As a court reporting program student, you’ll train to capture speech at a speed of 225 words per minute and transcribe notes with 96% accuracy. You’ll learn computer-aided transcription technology, including machine shorthand, court reporting communications, legal terminology and testimony dictation, among other skills. This program prepares students for certification from both the Court Reporter Certification Board of Texas and the National Court Reporters Association.

What can I do with this course of study?

Once you’re certified, you can become a court reporter, either as an official full-time employee within the court system or as an independent contractor with a flexible schedule. You can begin work immediately upon qualifying for certification. In addition, the training prepares you for work in business, civil service, medical transcription and captioning for television.

What's special about the program?

With this program, you can spend less time in school and earn a salary that is competitive with other professions requiring four-year degrees. The degree program at SAC takes 36 months or less to complete. SAC also offers shorter certificate programs for roles as transcriptionists or scopists, who assist court reporters in producing transcripts. Full-time court reporters at the Bexar County Courthouse earn $108,000 base pay, with full benefits. The annual median salary for a court reporter in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area is $83,280. Job openings for court reporters outnumber job seekers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The annual median salary for a court reporter in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area is $83,280.

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Contact Us

Dr. Leonard Lira
CAC 238B
(210) 486-1321

Deborah Dickerson
Court Reporting Program Coordinator

Frances Ervin

Pat Woodard

Isela Argenal
Academic Unit Assistant
CAC 236
(210) 486-1313

Marcus Dlugosz
Administrative Assistant
CAC 238
(210) 486-1315