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A Day in the Life: Legal Transcription

Legal Transcription:

Legal transcriptionists transcribe legal dictation, creating legal documents for attorneys and other entities. A legal transcriptionist must have a good command of legal terminology and how different documents are formatted. It is well suited to working from home since the files can easily be moved electronically.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Fast and accurate keyboarding speed

  • Knowledge of law and legal terminology

  • Ability to edit and proof legal documents

  • Extensive knowledge of the English language


As a legal transcriptionist, your day to day responsibilities might differ. A typical day could be going to a court hearing and listening to a testimonial. Your job is to critically analyze the information and prepare a well written transcribed document. As a legal transcriptionist, you are required to honor the confidentiality agreement. You will be handling critical and privileged information.

Legal Transcription Career Outlook:

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary information for legal transcriptionist, but it does for court reporters.

  • Median annual salary (2010) was $47, 700 per year, $22.93 hourly

  • Expected job growth of 14% from 2010-2020

Career Options with legal transcription skills:

  • Court Reporter

  • Scopist

  • Medical Transcribing

  • Legal assistant or secretary

  • Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART)- Assisting learning impaired clients

If you are in search of new career, look no further. Contact ICE Training Institute today!

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