States with the highest

Court Reporters New York

New York has more than 300 separate courts and over 300 judges in the state’s 62 counties. The nearly 1500 court reporters working in New York enjoy salaries that are among the highest in the country.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics court reporters in New York earn an annual salary of $84, 090. Salaries for certain cities are:

  • New York City – $85, 660/$87, 260
  • Buffalo – $68, 040
  • Rochester – $57, 490
  • Albany – $43, 120

Take the following steps to become a court reporter in New York:

Step 1. Attend a Court Reporter School or Program

The state of New York has an abundance of education options with four on-campus schools and several accredited online institutions from which you can earn either an associate’s degree or certificate in court reporting.

As a student you’ll learn to break down the English language phonetically and input this unique form of shorthand into a steno machine. Once you’ve mastered phonetic theory, you’ll work at increasing speed until you are able to produce 225 words per minute

You’ll also have classes in such subjects as:

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Courtroom procedures
  • Legal and medical terminology
  • New York court reporting rules/regulation

Although a license is not mandated, you must meet the following requirements in order to practice court reporting in the state of New York:

  • Associate’s degree or certificate in court reporting from school accredited by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • A certificate verifying the completion of 225 wpm
  • Take voluntary Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) examination OR
  • Pass notary public examination
  • Pass civil service exam (official court reporters only)

Explore Other Education Options Related to Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Here you’ll find schools that offer certificate and degree programs well suited to a career in legal assisting, law office management and the paralegal profession.

Step 2. Take New York’s Voluntary Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) Exam

Although licensing is not required to work as a court reporter in New York, becoming licensed as a Certified Shorthand Reporter gives you a definite edge in the employment market. The test is administered by the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions. You must be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen/legal resident of good moral character to take the test. The exam consists of the following elements:

  • 20 questions on legal terms/procedures, court structure and rules of evidence
  • 40 questions on grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and word usage
  • Five minute two-voice dictation on a medical subject at 175 wpm
  • Four minute one-voice jury charge dictation & read back at 175 wpm
  • Seven minute four-voice dictation/transcription at 200 wpm
Source: www.courtreporteredu.org
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