Capturing and preserving important spoken information is the realm of work that falls under the general heading of “court reporting”. It is a profession that traces its roots to a scribe who recorded speeches in the Roman senate more than 2,000 years ago, but is a profession that is also as modern as today.
Whether they work in court or as freelance deposition reporters, court reporters capture the words spoken by everyone during the proceeding, and if requested by one or more of the parties, prepare a verbatim transcript of it. This is done by typing on a stenographic machine.
Stautzenberger Institute’s curriculum is designed to provide the student with a “hands on” approach to gaining the stenotype skills and knowledge necessary to perform the function of a court reporter, while understanding the professional and ethical responsibilities of the position. Courses in stenotype theory, computer aided transcription, and court reporting practices train the students for a career in judicial court reporting. General courses in transcript English, vocabulary, medical and legal terminology serve to supplement the students’ education, therefore contributing to their overall knowledge base. The normal time to complete this program for a full-time student is 27 months.