Legal Transcription Training

With the demand for more accurate and easily read legal records on the rise, many individuals are looking to start a career in legal transcription because of the growing need for their services. Legal transcription is a great career choice due to the ease of getting started and the abundance of work available. The need for well-trained legal transcriptionists, however, is vast due to the numerous companies that hire employees who are unqualified and inexperienced in the legal field.

The majority of businesses do require some sort of basic training in order to be hired as a legal transcriptionist, and it is rare to find one that will hire someone with no transcription experience. Generally, businesses require their employees to have a strong working knowledge of legal terminology, the English language, and the use of correct grammar. It is also a good idea to become familiar with the fundamentals of law, the court systems and litigation and to know how a law office works in order to ensure success in the business. Legal transcriptionists are generally required to be masters at dictation because they will use it so frequently on the job. It is wise for individuals to do extensive research on legal transcription before choosing it as a career. Researching individual businesses requirements is of even greater importance because all businesses are entitled to set their own qualifications to be required of their employees.

Since some form of training will be preferred, it is good to know that there are many training options from which to choose. Training to be a legal transcriptionist is more flexible than ever before. Individuals wishing to pursue this career can choose to train in a school, at home, or online, with several of these options overlapping. This versatility allows more people to become well-trained legal transcriptionists because they now have the time and ability to find quality training programs, whereas before they may have had to travel long distances to study in a specific college that offered the transcription courses.

A good place to look for schools that provide legal transcription training is This site links individuals to several schools that offer training for legal transcription. On the site, individuals can browse through many state and community colleges that offer associate degrees or certification courses in legal transcription. also provides access to many online colleges and programs that make training for legal transcription even easier.

MedWord is an online resource that provides training courses in all facets of transcription. They have most of the basic training that is common today but also have the added perk of giving specialized courses to teach valuable skills that are used nearly every day on the job. People who choose to take MedWord courses will enter the job field with valuable knowledge of the legal system in addition to transcription basics, helping to make them better and more desirable employees.

In addition to online and college courses, many employers will allow individuals to train on the job, so they can earn money and train at the same time. This option is more convenient for the transcriptionist but can be a hassle if it is a small company. With that said, most businesses that choose to allow for on the job training have several well-trained transcriptionists on staff who have the time and skill to train newcomers properly. Although this option can take more time, businesses that use it are able to personally mold individuals into the type of workers that their company needs and are more likely to keep employees longer.

There are many different training options for legal transcriptionists today. Individuals can choose from an endless number of courses and programs that teach them valuable skills for the field. Many transcriptionists further their careers into paralegal studies or even law. The availability and ease of the training process is leading more qualified individuals to work as legal transcriptionists and provide better legal records for organizations all over the U.S.

Greg Heslin

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5 thoughts on “Legal Transcription Training

    Raven Ardent

    (January 19, 2010 - 6:54 am)

    What kind of training is required for business or legal transcription?
    I’m curious about doing transcription work but admittedly know very little about it. Most transcription work I hear about is medical. I would like to know more about other types of transcription work, what the required training is and where it can be found, how it compares to medical transcription, and so on.


    (January 19, 2010 - 11:56 am)

    My job is transcribing the tapes insurance adjusters make when they interview people who have made claims against their insurance policies. This kind of transcription doesn’t require any special training, but you must be a fast, accurate typist, a good speller, and have a really good grasp of proper punctuation. Grammar doesn’t matter, because you are typing everything the people say, exactly as they say it, bad grammar and all. Benefits are I work from home and some of the tapes are at least remotely interesting. Drawbacks are the pay is kind of low, you are paid on piece rate rather than hourly and some of the tapes are far more than remotely boring!
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    (January 19, 2010 - 11:58 am)

    take some word processing classes at a local community college. they can get you into a career in the legal field as a legal word processor. you will type up correspondence, legal docs (pleadings/discovery), memos, etc. for attorneys.

    another type of "typing" career, is a court reporter. i work for a court reporting firm (although, i am not a court reporter). i hear the pay is great. you will attend depositions and trials and record everything that is being said. you have to go to school to get certified. this can be accomplished at a community college as well.
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    personal experience


    (January 19, 2010 - 12:00 pm)

    every company has its own mthodology and policy it will train its employees accordingly depending on its clients requirement and specifications
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    (January 19, 2010 - 12:02 pm)

    I have been a professional medical transcriptionist for going on 20 years. You should be excellent in spelling, grammar and puzzle solving (because people do not speak distinctly and you have to figure out what they are saying). You should be an excellent typist. Other than that, you learn different terminology according to what type of transcriptionist you want to be. Obviously to be a medical transcriptionst you need to learn medical terminology. To learn legal is less complicated because the terminology is not as complex or as voluminous. One of the trickiest parts of transcription is learning to comprehend accents. All of these is accomplished only with good old fashioned hard work and time. There are no shortcuts to "big bucks in transcription," let me tell you.
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