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The Court Reporting Program at College of Marin is designed for students interested in acquiring the skill necessary to secure employment as a verbatim reporter in our courts of law and in legal and business offices.

The curriculum provides an academically-rich training program designed to prepare you for the field of court reporting – an open the door to high-paying, top-skilled career opportunities in computerized reporting.

College of Marin is the only community college in the North Bay that offers court reporting.

Court Reporting Program Options – What does COM Offer?

CLICK on the program award to view costs and required classes for each certificate and degree

Court Reporting/Legal Transcription Technology Certificate of Achievement (40.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):4 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$2077.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$1900.00
Required Classes (Example 1st Semester) (12.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 110Theory of Machine Shorthand8.0
COUR 167Procedures and Ethics for the Court/Deposition Reporter1.0
COUR 168ASpelling and Vocabulary for the Court Reporter1.0
MEDA 165Medical Terminology I2.0
 
Required Classes (Example 2nd Semester) (12.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 112Skill Development I4.0
COUR 120Skill Development II4.0
COUR 166Legal Terminology and CSR Law2.0
COUR 169AComputer-Aided Transcription2.0
 
Required Classes (Example 3rd Semester) (12.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 140Skill Development III4.0
COUR 160Skill Development IV4.0
COUR 168BGrammar/Punctuation/Proofreading I2.0
COUR 169BTranscript Preparation/Formatting2.0
 
Required Classes (Example 4th Semester) (4.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 168CGrammar/Punctuation/Proofreading II2.0
MEDA 166Medical Terminology II2.0
 

Certified Shorthand Reporter Certificate of Achievement (27.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):3 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$3478.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$1200.00
Required Classes (Example 1st Semester) (8.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 180Skill Development V4.0
COUR 200Skill Development VI4.0
Certified Shorthand Reporter requires completion of Legal Transcription Technology certificate prior to enrollment, for a total of 67 units
Required Classes (Example 2nd Semester) (10.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 220ASkill Development VII-A4.0
COUR 220BSill Development VII-B4.0
WE 298BOccupational Work Experience2.0
 
Required Classes (Example 3rd Semester) (9.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 220CSkill Development VII-C4.0
COUR 225Mastery Skill Development VIII4.0
COUR 283CSR/RPR Written Exam Preparation1.0
 

Court Reporting/Legal Transcription Technology Associates Degree (40.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):4 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$2077.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$1900.00
Required Classes (Example 1st Semester) (12.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 110Theory of Machine Shorthand8.0
COUR 167Procedures and Ethics for the Court/Deposition Reporter1.0
COUR 168ASpelling and Vocabulary for the Court Reporter1.0
MEDA 165Medical Terminology I2.0
 
Required Classes (Example 2nd Semester) (12.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 112Skill Development I4.0
COUR 120Skill Development II4.0
COUR 166Legal Terminology and CSR Law2.0
COUR 169AComputer-Aided Transcription2.0
 
Required Classes (Example 3rd Semester) (12.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
COUR 140Skill Development III4.0
COUR 160Skill Development IV4.0
COUR 168BGrammar/Punctuation/Proofreading I2.0
COUR 169BTranscript Preparation/Formatting2.0
 
*Tuition averages roughly $500 per semester plus materials fees. Materials fees are typically $224-$300/semester. Students must supply their own steno writer, laptop and software: typical cost is $1,500, included in the above costs.
* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
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Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
-For information about opportunities for financial aid, please visit marin.edu/financial-aid
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or financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

Court reporting has excellent career prospects: potential to earn a six-figure income, according to Forbes Magazine.

JOB TITLE: Court Reporter

  • Annual Earnings: $52,970 to $117,740
  • What They Do: Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

JOB TITLE: Medical Transcriptionist

  • Annual Earnings: $26,430 to $68,140
  • What They Do: Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.
To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200

PROGRAM QUESTIONS: 
Court Reporting Dept. (415) 457-8811 x8226

Why Choose College of Marin for Court Reporting?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify. COM’s Court Reporting degree is a low-cost option – perhaps the least expensive in California.
  • Expert Instruction: Classes are taught by CSR/RPR licensed faculty — COM has a certified CaseCATalyst trainer on staff.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth. Support includes personal mentoring and coaching.
  • Remote Option: You can attend classes in person or remotely via Zoom video conferencing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

How long does it take to earn the certificate?
You can complete the Certificate of Achievement in 4-6 semesters depending on your level of certification.
Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites. However, good working English is essential.
Can I take classes in the evening?
Yes, classes are available in the evenings, great for working students!
Can I take classes remotely?
Yes! You can attend classes in person or remotely via Zoom video conferencing.
How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)

PLEASE NOTE: This program is subject to change! For the most up-to-date information and to plan an individualized education plan, please see a College of Marin Counselor.
This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Gainful Employment - For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.