Court Reporting Institute Now Offers Legal Assistant, Voice Writing, Electronic Discovery and Certified Shorthand Reporter Programs

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Four Legal Training Programs Provide Options For Professional Education

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Firms of all sizes can benefit from well-educated court reporters, capable of stepping in and delivering professional service to the field. Once they have completed their program, our graduates can compete anywhere in the country.

The Court Reporting Institute, 4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite #140, introduces four new programs to its court reporting program offerings. These new programs are Legal Assistant, Voice Writing, Electronic Evidence Discovery and Certified Shorthand Reporter.

A career as a legal assistant is a way to be a part of this exciting profession, without a law degree. Graduates of the Legal Assistant Program can assume key responsibilities and work closely with lawyers. While most legal assistants are employed at law firms, there are also opportunities in corporate legal departments and various government offices. Legal assistants can assist in drafting contracts and mortgages; prepare documents for hearings; trials and corporate meetings; and complete critical legal research. This program includes coursework in contemporary ethics, legal terminology, family and employment law, civil and criminal trials, legal office management, presentations and research.

The Voice Writing Transcriptionist Training Program is designed for those interested in court reporting and legal or broadcast captioning. The program teaches the voice writing skills needed to become a certified verbatim reporter. Course work includes training in voice silencer mask method and operation, court reporting technology and procedures, medical, law and legal terminology, testimony, literary and jury charge dictations, computer-aided transcription and real time translation software.

“We are pleased to be bringing these new programs to the Washington, D.C. metro region,” said Mimi Tekle, director of the Court Reporting Institute in Arlington, Va. “With over thirty years in the court reporting educational industry, it is an honor to bring our experienced training to our nation’s capital. Firms of all sizes can benefit from well-educated court reporters, capable of stepping in and delivering professional service to the field. Once they have completed their program, our graduates can compete anywhere in the country. ”

The third new program, Electronic Evidence Discovery Program, is an accelerated program. Students must have prior legal, paralegal or legal assistant experience, or have graduated from a law or legal program at the diploma/certificate level. Electronic Evidence Discovery is a combination of legal and technological training and one of the most dynamic, rapidly evolving subjects in law today. Students learn the discovery process and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence, the types of data that make up electronically stored information, the difference between paper and electronic discovery processes, simulated discovery for preservation and production of electronically stored information, how to set up an efficient overall strategy regarding e-discovery and address issues related to e-discovery.

The Certified Shorthand Reporter or CSR prep course trains shorthand writing skills with the goal of reaching 225 words per minute. Students practice jury charge, multi-voice testimony, medical/technical dictation and current events. The CSR prep course is an accelerated 120 hour course.

The Court Reporting Institute is currently enrolling students for the Electronic Evidence Discovery, Legal Assistant, CSR and Voice Writing programs. Day and evening classes provide students with flexibility. The Court Reporting Institute, located at 4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite #140, Arlington, Va., opened in 2011 and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. For more information regarding the Court Reporting Institute, call 1-888-828-5308 or visit http://www.cri.edu.

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