If you are interested in pursuing a career as a court reporter in the state of Louisiana, then you will be happy to know that there are lots of educational opportunities available to you in the state. Education, by the way, should be your very first step toward a long and successful career in the field.
Ideally, you should have a clear idea of what exactly you want to do within the field, such as what kind of a court reporter you wish to be, long before you ever set foot inside a classroom. Knowing the capacity in which you wish to work will help you to plan your education out accordingly and to avoid wasting valuable time, money, and effort in the process.
The vast majority of court reporters in the state will choose to attend either community colleges or trade schools, both of which tend to be cheaper than traditional four year institutions. Community colleges generally offer two (or fewer) year programs in court reporting, resulting in an associate’s degree.
Technical and trade school programs tend to be quicker and often do not result in a degree, though this is not always the case. However, these minimal levels of schooling and/or training are sufficient for many careers in the field.
Keep in mind too that in today’s world, you also have the option of attending school online. Online schooling often gets a bad reputation for being illegitimate and not doing much of anything for its graduates. However, this is certainly not always the case, especially if you choose the right online school.
You will always want to look for a school that is fully accredited, well established – ideally with an actual physical location somewhere, and that has a good reputation for sending qualified professionals out into the field to work.
With any school you are thinking about attending, it is ideal that it be certified by the National Court Reporters Association. A certification from this body is like a stamp of approval saying that the program teaches court reporters everything that they need to know to succeed and to do their work well.
Unfortunately, Louisiana does not have any certified programs in state, but they can be attended online. Furthermore, there are other certifying bodies, though none as prestigious as the National Court Reporters Association, that may certify and lend some credibility to certain programs that are of interest to you.
No matter where you decide to go to school or what exact degree level you plan to achieve, know that, in truth, none of this will really matter in the long run. There is no one “right” or “perfect” program that is guaranteed to propel you to success. No, you are the only one who can ensure that you succeed.
And you can do this, not by picking the right program, though this certainly helps, but by working as hard as you possibly can once you are accepted to that program. The better your grades and performance, the more likely it is that you will have an easy time getting hired.
Keep in mind as well that your hard work is not quite done just because you graduate. In the state of Louisiana, court reporters must be licensed in order to practice their trade. The licensing process includes studying for and passing an examination.
You will likely have a much easier time on this examination if you build the necessary study skills now or while you are in school, thus leading to a longer, happier, and more successful career in the end.