Legal Transcriptionist Career Prep

Hours: 505 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $2,795.00

Course Overview:

Legal transcriptionists provide an important role in converting the spoken word to printed form.  This course prepares students to transcribe the most common legal documents, and it also equips them with the perspective and capacity for decision making.  Decision making is a key skill needed to adapt knowledge and skills to any situation encountered in a law office.  Using theoretical and practical activities, students will learn about civil litigation, probate, family law, legal instruments, bankruptcy, and appellate procedure.  Upon completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the terminology, guidelines, and formatting skills needed to prepare accurate legal documents.  

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Overview of Legal Transcription

In this lesson, you receive an overview of legal transcription and the role of the legal transcriptionist.  First, you will learn about the history of legal transcription.  From there, you will identify the specific job duties and requirements of legal transcriptionists and explore the different job opportunities available to transcriptionists.  This lesson is intended to serve as a brief introduction to legal transcription, as other lessons will provide in-depth coverage of the different areas of legal transcription.

Lesson 2: Discovery, Judgement, and Civil Litigation

In this lesson, you will learn about civil litigation.  You will learn about initiating a lawsuit, answering a lawsuit, discovery and judgment, and preparing correspondence.  This lesson is intended to prepare you to serve as a legal transcriptionist in civil litigation cases, and will provide you with a solid understanding of the various components of this field of law. 

Lesson 3: Wills and Probate Procedure

This lesson will provide an overview of probate.  You will learn what probate is, and then you will learn how to serve as a transcriptionist in probate situations.  You will learn about wills, guardianships, conservatorships, and name changes.  You will also learn probate procedures.

Lesson 4: Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Name Changes

In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of guardianships and conservatorships, in addition to the procedures for name changes and the various situations in which they might take place.

Lesson 5: Termination of Marriage, Adoption, and Paternity

In this lesson, we will discuss filing for divorce and divorce proceedings as they apply to the role of the transcriptionist.  We will also discuss adoption papers and proceedings and the procedure for paternity testing and documentation.

Lesson 6: Contracts, Corporations, and Limited Liability

In this lesson, we will discuss various business formations, including sole proprietorships, corporations, and limited liability corporations, as well as the specifics of contracts, the parties involved, and the procedures for drawing up a contract.

Lesson 7: Bankruptcy

In this lesson, you will learn about bankruptcy and the legal documentation required in bankruptcy proceedings. You will learn about the job responsibilities for legal transcriptionists, as well as the procedures involved in bankruptcy transcription. You will learn how to prepare schedules for Chapter 7 liquidation, prepare the statement of affairs for Chapter 7 liquidation, and prepare the address matrix for Chapter 7 liquidations.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will be fully prepared to serve as a legal transcriptionist in bankruptcy proceedings.

Lesson 8: Typing Citations

The purpose of this lesson is to provide an explanation of references to legal material so when you hear a citation dictated, you can follow an example and comprehend what you are transcribing. You will be using this material as a reference as you complete the projects for Chapter 15. At the end of this chapter, you will format the following types of quoted material: long quotations; short quotations; quotes within quotes; and quotes with additions, omissions, and alterations.

Lesson 9: Preparing an Appellate Brief

This lesson discusses the documents prepared when a party is dissatisfied with the decision made by the judge of the court where a trial took place, known as a trial-level court. If there are legal grounds for appeal, the decision can be appealed to the next level of court, where a panel of judges or justices reviews the case. No testimony from parties or witnesses is allowed in an appellate proceeding. A panel (usually three) of appellate judges reviews the documents, reviews a transcript of the testimony from the trial court, reads the written arguments (appellate briefs) presented by attorneys for both sides of the case, and sometimes listens to oral argument by the attorneys. The appellate judges may uphold the decision of the lower court, reverse the decision, or send the case back to the lower court for further action.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.


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