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Legal Transcription Certificate

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Our Online Legal Transcription Training Program provides the most effective way to become a legal secretary-transcriptionist. Legal transcriptionists prepare legal documents from both written and dictated information. In addition, other typical duties may include drafting and filing legal documents, calendaring and tracking important deadlines, assisting attorneys to prepare for trials, documenting relevant facts and information pertaining to a lawsuit, organizing and maintenance of client files, and using computers and related software as well as other reference materials to research and document law, and to prepare the documents used.

In this course, you will learn the basics of the law as a profession, the history behind the practice of the law, and the composition of the court systems. You will also gain an overview of different law specialties. This program is self-paced and 100% online. It includes information on the profession, how a law office works, fundamentals of law, court systems and litigation, specialty law, and finally, several hours of actual legal dictation to develop transcription mastery. Transcription requires a foot pedal, which is included with your enrollment.

The need for legal support staff increases with the litigation processes so prevalent now. Administrative law (local, state and federal government) requires massive record-keeping. Much of that information is related to recorded hearings, etc. Assistance from trained people is a welcome alternative to both attorneys. In addition, large national legal transcription companies now hire home-based transcriptionists. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that legal transcriptionist/legal assistants will be a field with "much faster than average" job growth over the next 8-10 years.

  • Convenient anytime, anywhere training Fast track high tech legal terminology training
  • Specialty law
  • Transcription practice using correspondence and legal formats
  • Hundreds of practice questions to build knowledge and experience
  • Research sites, Internet jobs, plus we partner with national transcription companies which hire graduates from this course for at-home work

Course Syllabus

Module 1 – The Profession

  • Describe the responsibilities of a paralegal.
  • Discuss the categories of paralegal employment and ongoing career possibilities.
  • Examine the personal assets and skill sets necessary to the profession.
  • Relate the educational requirements of paralegal programs.
  • Explain the ethics and professional responsibilities of the profession.
  • Describe the need for licensing requirements.

Module 2 – The Law Office

  • Explain the seven types of law practices.
  • Discuss ethical considerations or concerns in relation to the legal team, client relations, and billing/fees
  • Describe the American Bar Association's marketing guidelines for attorneys.
  • Be aware of the policies and procedures, file systems, and library/reference resources within a law office.

Module 3 – The Law

  • Describe the complexities involved with making, interpreting and enforcing law.
  • Discuss the distinctions between equity and law that apply to the remedies of common law.
  • Explain the foundation of the U.S. Constitution and the relationships between the legislative branch (Congress), the executive branch (President), and the judicial branch (Courts).
  • Describe statutory law, federal and state legislatures, administrative law, and international law.

Module 4 – The Court System

  • Explain jurisdictional determination of cases in relation to state courts and federal courts.
  • Describe the requirements or factors that contribute to jurisdiction.
  • Recognize the procedural rules of relevant courts.
  • Explain Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and its methods for settling disputes.

Module 5 – Civil Litigation

  • Define and differentiate substantive and procedural law.
  • Describe process and procedures of a lawsuit, including pleading, discovery, and litigation process.
  • Illustrate the early stages of the lawsuit.
  • Describe the middle stages of the lawsuit.
  • Explain the trial or the final stages of the lawsuit.

Module 6 – Family Law: Divorce & Marriage

  • Family Law Introduction
  • Marriage Formalities
  • Annulment
  • Breach of Promise
  • Spousal Separation
  • Divorce or Dissolution
  • Divorce Process
  • Child Support and Custody

Module 7 – Business Law

  • Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Business Organization
  • Business Client Representation
  • Formal Structure and Forms
  • Intellectual Property

Module 8 – Contracts

  • Contract Definition
  • Classification of Contracts

Module 9 – Real Estate Law

  • General Description
  • Title
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Recording
  • Real Estate Sales & Related Contracts
  • Landlords and Tenants

Module 10 – Bankruptcy Law

  • Overview
  • Filing for Bankruptcy
  • Types of Bankruptcy
  • The Current System
  • Dismissal
  • Liquidation
  • Wage Earner
  • Chapter 7 v 13 Options
  • Trustee
  • Exemptions

Module 11 – Criminal Law

  • Overview
  • The Process

Module 12 – Typing Refresher/Grammar Review

Module 13 – Latin Terms

Module 14 – Dictation Exercise

CD with 5 hours of actual legal dictation and complete answer keys so that student can practice over and over until mastery is achieved. In this module the student will get a typing refresher, review basic grammar, and learn Latin terms common to the legal profession. The majority of the course is spent performing dictation practice, with keys to over 5 hours of legal dictation.



Upon completion of the course, final examination is required.

  • 80% or better = Legal Transcription Certificate 85% or better = Legal Transcription
  • Certificate + Recommendation Letter
  • Certificates well accepted in the industry


Final Examination

112 Multiple Choice and True/False questions; requires 80% passing rate.

course quick facts
course code PRO2044
cost $2145.00
estimated time to
complete course
300 Hours
course materials
365 Days

This course is instructor supported and is taught by Jari Davis, MA.