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MacCormac College - Chicago

29 East Madison St.
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting

MacCormac College established the first Court Reporting Program in the United States in 1912. Court Reporters are the professionals who capture, protect, and preserve the court's record by recording the verbatim proceedings in court or during pre-trial depositions, which they translate into a transcript for use by court officials and attorneys.


It is the mission of the Court Reporting Associate of Applied Science degree program to provide a strong foundation consisting of both academic knowledge and technical expertise that will prepare the student for a career as a professional judicial reporter in a variety of venues, including administrative, governmental, and judicial. Foremost among the attributes to be developed is a firm sense of and appreciation for professionalism at all times both in and out of the classroom.


Students will complete a supervised externship affording them an opportunity to define career goals, gain experience, and acquire self-confidence

Students will be well-prepared for the state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exams.

Students will obtain experience with Realtime reporting during core classes


Court Reporting graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Listening and concentration skills to aid in machine shorthand writing
  • Proficiency in writing legal, medical, and technical terminologies
  • The ability to apply all punctuation, grammar, and spelling principles in transcription work
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international current events
  • Expertise in the appropriate speeds and all theory principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics
  • Knowledge of technology as it is used in all aspects of the profession
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