Legal Transcriptionist

This course prepares students to enter the in-demand field of legal transcription. As litigation continues to rise nationwide, and the technology used to capture testimony evolves, there is a tremendous need for legal transcribers. The majority of legal transcriptionists work from their home, which presents a substantial opportunity for those looking to work remotely in a career with a secure future. Legal transcriptionists generally work remotely on contract or staff for court reporting...

6 Months / 80 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES2095

What you will learn

  • Professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality
  • Fundamentals of the United States legal system
  • Legal, medical, and industry terminology
  • Parts of speech, proper legal punctuation, and spelling
  • Transcript formatting, focusing on federal court systems

How you will benefit

  • Develop the skills you need to become a successful legal transcriptionist who can take remote assignments
  • Be in a position to sit for and pass the AAERT's (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) Certified Electronic Transcriber exam, further broadening your options for employment.
  • A certification from AAERT is a highly respected certification in the legal industry. Court reporting and transcription agencies value this certification, as some jurisdictions require it in order to report or transcribe proceedings.
  • AAERT certification vastly improves your marketability when applying for work at freelance agencies or court systems.

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 80 course hours
  1. Transcriptionist Software Setup
  2. Professionalism and the Legal System
    1. Professionalism and Decorum
    2. Ethics
    3. Ethical Issues
    4. Maintain Confidentiality
    5. Transcription Equipment
  3. The Legal System
    1. Court System
    2. Laws
    3. Life Cycle of a Case
    4. Proceedings
    5. Types of Court Reporters
  4. English Language
    1. Parts of Speech
    2. Confusing Words
    3. Spelling Rules
    4. International English
  5. Terminology
    1. Historic Terminology
    2. Legal Terminology
    3. Medical Terminology
    4. Business Terminology
  6. Grammar and Punctuation
    1. Capitalization
    2. Numbers
    3. Introduction to Punctuation
    4. Sentence Punctuation
    5. More Punctuation and Formatting
  7. Building the Transcript
    1. Annotations from Reporter
    2. Transcript Formatting
    3. Proofreading Assignments
    4. Researching
    5. Transcription Assignments
  8. Transcription Assignments & Working Environment
    1. Working Environment
    2. Transcription Assignments
  9. Transcription Assignments & Course Wrap Up
    1. Transcription Assignments
    2. Certification
    3. Final

Merritt Gilbert is a legal professional with over 10 years of industry experience. She is a Certified Electronic Reporter and holds a Certificate of Voice Writing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

Natalie Hartsfield is a court reporter with more than 10 years of experience in the legal field. She has taught court reporting since 2007. Natalie holds an Occupational Associate Degree in Court Reporting from Stenotype Institute.


High School Diploma or equivalent and eligible for notary public commissions in your state.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • ExpressScribe software. You will be provided with download instructions upon enrollment.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins, except for the ExpressScribe software.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The supplies required for this course are included in enrollment. The following will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • AltoEdge USB foot pedal
  • Transcriber Headphones

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the AAERT's (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) national certification, CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exam.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

Within the legal system, transcriptionists turn audio recordings into official written documents. The law industry relies on legal transcriptionists to condense audio recordings including court proceedings, dictated notes, and recorded depositions.

To become a legal transcriptionist, you will need a high school diploma and entry-level experience in an office or legal setting. Formal legal transcription training expands your employment opportunities and can be substituted for experience for an entry-level position.

According to, a legal transcriptionist in the United States has an average salary of $34,209.

Digital court reporters capture court proceedings, while legal transcriptionists transcribe dictated recordings into an official document. A traditional court reporter uses stenography equipment to transcribe the spoken word. A digital court reporter uses digital recording software to transcribe the spoken word.

Yes, many legal transcriptionists are independent contractors that work from home and contract their services to attorneys and legal employers. Some legal transcriptionists have a full-time position as legal secretaries, paralegals, or law clerks and offer transcription services part-time.