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A Career as a Legal Transcriptionist

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What is Legal Transcription?

Learning about legal transcription is a fun challenge, and can be applied throughout a person's life, as law impacts us every day. With possibility of becoming a well-paying career, transcription requires specialized expertise which can be utilized across a broadening range of career choice. Virtually everything that takes place in the civil and criminal court systems requires hard copy documentation. The information is either dictated or recorded in the courtroom or at deposition hearings, as well as in law offices in less official settings. It may include testimony, pleadings, interrogatories (questions and answers), reviews of administrative hearings and the like. Generally, the information is recorded either onto tape or digital voice processing systems. It includes the process of transferring information from recorded dictation to hard documentation using transcribers and computer word processors. Legal assistants, legal transcriptionists, and paralegals, prepare legal documents both from written and dictated information. In addition, other typical duties may include drafting and filing legal documents, calendaring and tracking important deadlines, assisting attorneys to prepare for trials, documenting relevant facts and information pertaining to a lawsuit, organizing and maintenance of client files, and using computers and related software as well as other reference materials to research and document law, and to prepare or transcribe the documents involved. Legal assistants, secretaries, and transcriptionists may become so proficient that they can actually undertake paralegal duties as well. Transcription jobs are available on in the Internet and you can do it at home.
 
A Career as a Legal Transcriptionist

Skills

To be a legal transcriptionist one must be certified. Online classes are available across the internet to assist individuals in obtaining certification. In these classes one gains a good working knowledge of the legal system, how to research legal websites, review state court cases and format documents. General information regarding the profession of law is obtained. Vocational training allows a person to find work in a law office, or legal department of business, or on the World Wide Web. One must know about the law, various court systems and their venues, the formats for legal documents in your state, how to research case law and cite it. It helps enormously to have excellent typing skills, as well as the ability to learn quickly and retain information. Proficiency in spelling is also a bonus.

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