Legal Transcriptionist Course

legal transcriptionist

In our effort to “promote the educational transformation of digital court reporters and transcriptionists around the world,” we offer the only online Legal Transcriptionist interactive course specifically tailored and designed to prepare our students to become  Legal Transcriptionists.

At registration, you will have the option of choosing the Legal Transcriptionist course using American spellings (LT-A) or the Legal Transcriptionist course using British/Canadian spellings (LT-B).  Both courses have the same content, however, the LT-A course is specifically designed for students in the United States, using American spellings.  The LT-B course is specifically designed for students in Canada and other commonwealth countries and uses British and/or Canadian spellings.

In the Legal Transcriptionist course, you’ll receive comprehensive lessons, fun quizzes, thorough reviews, transcription assignments, and exams that have been carefully prepared and designed for successful online learning at home.

We expect our students to spend between 8 and 12 hours per week learning and studying the principles taught and preparing transcription assignments.  If you don’t have this much time to spend on the course, do not worry at all.  Once you register and pay for your course, you will have access to it for 365 days!  The quizzes, reviews, tests and final examination questions are presented to our students in a random format.  The questions for all quizzes and tests are selected from a larger pool of questions and therefore it is very unlikely two students will be asked the same questions.  As well, if a student were to select the option of retaking a quiz or review, the questions may not be exactly the same as they were on the original quiz or review.

Each lesson includes an introduction from your instructor, detailed instruction, review exercises and quizzes to assist in comprehension and absorption of new concepts, online exams, and a preview of your next lesson.  Every quiz and exam is marked immediately so our students know what their marks are at all times.

Legal Transcriptionist Course Outline

  • This course is designed to provide students with the ability to accurately transcribe, edit, and proofread legal transcripts for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage.
  • Students will study the role of a legal transcriptionist and the digital (electronic) court reporter.
  • Participants will learn decorum, principles and procedures, demonstrating the importance of confidentiality and ethics required in the profession.
  • Students will receive instruction and apply proofreading principles to transcripts.
  • Students will study technology used in digital court reporting and transcript production.

Course Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Operate digital transcription equipment.
  2. Proofread documents for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax and word usage.
  3. Confidently use legal terminology.
  4. Review and decipher annotations made by digital (electronic) court reporters.
  5. Apply correct terminology in legal proceedings such as party identification, document identification and court official recognition.
  6. Proofread transcripts against recordings.
  7. Demonstrate transcript format set-up in Microsoft Word.
  8. Explain the role and responsibilities of a legal transcriptionist and digital court reporter.
  9. Respond to visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  10. Locate, select and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  11. Analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  12. Manage the use of time and other resources to complete lessons, quizzes, assignments and exams.


A detailed course outline is available to all students once registration is complete and payment of tuition has been received.

Topics covered in each Module

  • Module 1

     Setting up and operation of digital transcribing equipment; maintaining secure, organized storage; producing accurate & timely transcripts; maintaining confidentiality; digital court reporter’s responsibilities; legal transcriptionist’s responsibilities; the work environment; decorum.  The role of the digital court reporter and legal transcriptionist; history of audio recording; advantages of digital recording and transcribing; legal terminology; Latin maxims;

  • Module 2

     Homonyms, commonly confused words, unique American and British/Canadian spellings; spelling – ei and ie words and their exceptions; French maxims; capitalization, non-capitalization, numbers, money, dates, times, major and minor punctuation marks, the period, the question mark.

  • Module 3

     The comma, the semicolon, the colon, the hyphen, quotation marks, apostrophes & possessives, italics, ellipsis points, dashes, abbreviations, medical terminology, annotations, proofreading techniques, transcription assignment #1.

  • Module 4

     Ethics for the legal transcriptionist, researching techniques, producing transcripts using Microsoft Word, e-transcripts, transcription assignment #2

  • Module 5

     Setting up your home office, transcription assignments #3, #4, #5 & #6.

  • Module 6

     Transcription assignments#7 & #8; final review; preparation for professional certification.

These lessons require the use of a computer with access to the Internet, a USB port, a professional head set, and a USB foot pedal.   You will need Express Scribe software.  Click here to order yours today.

You can order yours through Alto Edge in the United States.  Their website is

We strongly suggest you order yours today in order to allow time for shipping.