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Legal Transcription

 Legal Transcription Training Program Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 130
Student Tuition: $1,999.99


Legal transcription has reached the view of the general public lately being acknowledged for its reliable and professional influence on legal records and is steadily becoming a popular fad in the legal field. Legal Transcriptionists use verbatim methods to store, recover, and record legal information, and pre-trail and trial proceedings. They use prerecorded information, as well as written material in order to assemble reports. Legal transcriptionists record material which has been dictated or recorded in courtrooms, closed hearings, law offices, or through personal interviews. They properly document all testimony, pleadings, interrogations, meeting minutes, and also hearings.

This Legal Transcription training presents the most current strategies for recording and modifying any legal document with proper formatting, punctuation, and spelling.

  • Formatting and terminology skills making use of illustrations of legal documents.
  • Real-world tasks dictated on accompanying CD using both nationwide and international tones and dialects.
  • Discussion of legal office operations associated with legal transcription activities.


Upon successful completion of our Legal Transcription course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Transcriptionist and will be prepared, in part, for the AAERT national certification exam to become a Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this legal transcription training program, you will be able to:

  • Type quickly and accurately.
  • Identify the transcription format for civil litigation.
  • Determine the transcription format for probates.
  • Determine the transcription format for family law.
  • Determine the transcription format for legal instruments.


Legal Transcription Module 1
Typing Practice & Improvement

  • Pre-Test Your Typing Ability
  • Finger Positioning Exercises
  • Typing Practice Games
  • Typing Progress Tracking
  • Improve Your Typing Skills
  • Increase Your Typing Speed
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Legal Transcription Module 2
Civil Litigation Transcription

  • Initiating a Lawsuit
  • Summons, Caption & Complaint
  • Answering a Lawsuit
  • Calculating Time
  • Keeping a Tickler System
  • Motion to Dismiss
  • Answer, Counterclaim, & Cross-Complaint
  • Discovery / Judgment
  • Interrogatories
  • Request for Admissions
  • Preparing Correspondence

Legal Transcription Module 3
Probate Practice Transcription

  • Last Will & Testament
  • Self-Proving Affidavit
  • Living Will
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Probate Procedure
  • Representative’s Oath
  • Notification of Heirs
  • Notice to Creditors
  • Tax Reports
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Name Changes

Legal Transcription Module 4
Family Law Transcription

  • Termination of Marriage
  • Grounds for Divorce
  • Types of Divorces
  • Complaint or Petition
  • Final Decree
  • Marital Dissolution Agreement
  • Adoptions and Paternity
  • Petition for Adoption
  • Adoption Decrees
  • Types of Adoption
  • Motion & Order for a Blood Test
  • Order of Paternity & Support

Legal Transcription Module 5
Legal Instruments Transcription

  • Contract & Leases
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
  • Reservation of a Corporate Name
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws & Minutes of First Meetings
  • Stock Certificates
  • Application for Employer Identification Number
  • Real Estate
  • Warranty Deed
  • Deed of Trust
  • Real Estate Closing
  • Quitclaim Deed

Legal Transcription Module 6
Bankruptcy & Appellate Procedure Transcription

  • Bankruptcy
  • Voluntary Petition
  • Chapter 7
  • Summary of Schedules
  • Typing Citations
  • Citing Primary & Secondary Materials
  • Citing & Formatting Quotations
  • Preparing an Appellate Brief
  • Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Part of a Brief

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:

  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 18 Software
  • Legal Transcription (with CD-ROMs) by Linda R. Lyle and G. Howard Doty
  • Digital Transcription Equipment: Headset, Foot Pedal and Software

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)

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