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Court reporting and captioning students represent the future of the profession, and ILCRA wants to help our students be the very best reporters in the nation! If you are a current reporting student or considering a career in court reporting, this page features information that may be helpful as you embark on this exciting career opportunity!
Do you want to become a court reporter or captioner? The following links will tell you how to make that dream a reality.
Click Here for an in-depth description of the profession, earning potential, its history and the future of the industry.
Interested in the types of jobs you can target once you graduate? Click Here
Looking for court reporting programs in Illinois? Illinois is home to some of the best court reporting schools in the nation! For a complete list, Click Here!
Free Online Dictation Practice Site
Linda Fisher, a reporter from New York, developed a website for students and reporters alike that provides downloadable dictation, online. It has dictation ranging in speed from 40 to 230 words per minute. The best part of all - it’s free! Just pick your speed, click, and go. It’s perfect for reporters practicing for the national certifications such as the RPR, RMR, or CRR, and for students practicing for state certifications.
For dictionary building, there’s a link to word lists dictated at slow speeds. You can print out the text of the words or write them as they’re dictated. The word lists include frequent words, medical suffixes, economic terms, states and their capitols, genetic terms, legal terms, and countries. You just never know when Zimbabwe might come up. If it does, voila…..you’re covered.
Other Information for Current or Prospective Students
Financial Aid Sites for Students
Federal Government Description and Job Outlook of the Industry
Stories about Potential Earnings as a Court Reporter
Legal Careers (Court Reporting) from About.com
10 High-paying Jobs
10 Surprising Six-Figure Jobs
ILCRA Student Scholarship
Students, you could win $1,000, plus a complimentary registration to the 2017 ILCRA Annual
Convention in Springfield, Illinois, on September 15-16, 2017. The prize also includes hotel accommodations for one night, a $50 mileage stipend, and a one-year Associate Membership in the Illinois Court Reporters Association. The winner will become a member of the ILCRA Student Scholarship Committee for the following year. Second place ($500) and Third place ($300) prizes will also be awarded.
To enter the contest, complete the application below and compose a one-page, typewritten, double-spaced essay on the following topic: "Describe what the professions of court reporting and captioning are like today from your perspective. What do you think the professions of court reporting and captioning will be like in the next ten years?”
Entries must be received by Friday, August 18, 2017. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ILCRA.org for additional details.
Application for ILCRA Scholarship