Should You Become a Court Reporter?


Some days I can’t believe I am so lucky to be a court reporter. If it weren’t for Ms. Garcia so many years ago while I was in high school letting me know I had a talent (typing fast), I wouldn’t get to experience the joy I feel now as a 52 year old.

I get inspired working with smart lawyers, experts, and great legal staff. I am very proud of my team of reporters and staff and what we have created.

People often write me asking if they should become a court reporter.  My answer is if you are very disciplined, have a natural talent for typing or shorthand, and you love hearing about different subjects every day, you should go to court reporting school. Voice recognition software in my opinion is still very far off in the future. People speak poorly, at the same time, and with heavy accents. Great court reporters will be a valuable commodity for the next two decades and beyond.

What are the challenges of being a great reporter?  You have to sit a tremendous amount. You have to be under a constant stress of being perfect.  You have to work long hours sometimes unexpectedly because a witness has a late night flight to catch. You might have expedites that ruin your weekend plans. With organization (getting a great scopist) and clean writing skills, you can mitigate the challenges.

I highly recommend court reporting as a career. The only thing is, you have to be great.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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