Why would you want to become a legal transcriptionist?
Here are just some of the reasons why legal transcription is a good career option.
- High demand. Government, businesses, private and public sectors need to maintain legal records. Also, the large number of lawsuits increased the need for legal transcription.
- Less competitive. Because legal transcription requires more skills and more training than general transcription, legal transcription is less competitive.
- Additional work opportunities. Having some legal training and knowing legal terminology and formats will help you get additional general and business transcription work. For example, insurance companies and police departments prefer transcriptionists who are familiar with legal and/or medical terminology. You can also get academic transcription work that involves legal topics.
- Get better pay. Legal transcription pays better than general transcription.
- Many legal transcriptionists now work from home.
Skills required to become a legal transcriptionist
Legal transcripts must be accurate and be grammatically correct. A good command over English language and excellent knowledge of grammar is essential.
Though formal training is not required for legal transcription, you need to understand legal terms and be familiar with legal documentation. Many transcription companies will have you take a transcription test to prove your skills.
How do you learn legal transcription?
You may not need to take a legal transcription course if you have some legal training or background. But if you’re not familiar with legal terminology, taking a specialized legal transcription course it the best way to acquire the skills needed to become a legal transcriptionist.
Not sure if legal transcription is right for you?
Find out what’s involved in getting started as a legal transcriptionist working from home. Get answers to frequently asked questions.
LEGAL REFERENCE BOOKS & SITES
A Form and Style Manual for Paralegals is a classic reference book written by an experienced teacher and practitioner for paralegals at all levels of experience. It’s a must for legal transcriptionists and a great resource for people wanting to become a legal transcriptionist.
Legal Terminology (6th Edition) by Gordon Brown is the most popular legal terminology book but I mentioning others as well to fit everyone’s budget.