Current economy state shows how well insecure andunprotected we are and how fast things can change in our life. Neither you noryour relatives and friends should get despair in case the destiny shows its back to you - the whole world belongs to you and why wouldn't you use this opportunity and become a Legal Transcriptionist or work in a Legal Transcription Company?
Considering that you would only need some basic knowledge oflegal terminologies and good typing speed yet it is difficult to find job evenafter mastering these skills. You may be able to find a job in Legal Transcription although many employers are looking for people who have proper credentials, which means theyhave completed an accepted legal transcription course (online or in school), which is a professional program leading to a Legal Transcriptionist Diploma.These courses include easy-to-understand lessons, supplements and speciallearning aids.
The course provided online can for sure be done from home. Anonline distance learning program is self-paced and divided into various modulesthat shouldn’t be hard to learn. The information given in a module is first tested and the next module is presented only if one fully grasps the concept ofthe first one. The state-of-art home training program is divided into twomodules and practice hours for dictation. The module deals with the law and howit works and an overview of the profession. It also teaches about the U.S.legal system, roles, responsibilities and issues related to the system.
The course includes the basic rules of English grammar andtyping rules. It also discusses the employment opportunities provides websitefor research purpose and for enhancing educational skills on-line. The studymaterials of the course consist of books, supplements, organizers, quicklearning system and learning aids such as CD's, video instruction. Thismaterial generally reaches the student 5-7 days of enrollment. All the examsconducted for such courses are open book. The exam may be taken online orthrough e-mails. Many transcriptionists further their careers into paralegalstudies or even law. If one has a doubt, the instructor is just one call away.
The course will also include some knowledge about the criminalproceedings, life cycle of a crime, difference between criminal proceedings andcivil proceeding and trial by jury process. In civil suits, it is important tobe familiar with the terms associated with civil law suits. Other proceedingsare also explained from filing a suit till its settlement. Special laws to bestudied are personal injury, family law, administrative law and litigant,business organizations, wills and real estate, contracts, bankruptcy and patent& trademarks. The skills of a stenotype and the phonetic language of acourt reporter are also a part of the course material. There is some softwarethat one need to master and some others which are handy for Legal Transcriptionwhich are the Hotdocs, WordPerfect, and MS Word. You may also need toupload/download protocol such as FTP. For the training you will need a computerwith a modem or DSL and MS Word or WordPerfect (legal version) and a CD player. Dictionaries are always handy.
All this sounds easy, but it should be remembered that self studyand self learning requires extra commitment and patience. One has to be selfmotivated and study on his own to train for a better career. Some courses offerlegal secretarial work with the legal transcription study. In addition to theonline and college courses, many employers allow individual to train whilebeing on the job and also train the new recruits if they have to work in thefield of Legal Transcription.