February 13, 2020
Legal transcriptionists work within the legal field helping attorneys maintain accurate and concise documents. Freelance legal transcriptionists contract with attorneys to transcribe and edit depositions, legal briefs, and many other types of legal paperwork. They can work for law firms, single attorneys, or agencies who offer transcription services.
A legal transcriptionist often specializes in one type of law. Various types of law include real estate, personal injury, criminal, divorce, or commercial/business law. Their duties include taking previously prepared documents and then editing and proofreading them to ensure there are no errors. Once the proofreading and editing are complete, the document is transcribed. The finalized document is then turned back over to the attorney. Legal transcriptionists must practice professionalism, confidentiality, and efficiency at all times.
Legal transcriptionists can offer a variety of services including the audio/video recording of depositions, transcribing court recordings and statements, editing and proofreading previously prepared documents. The primary service of a legal transcriptionist is to create finalized, transcribed documents that are accurate and meet or exceed the legal standards of the court. Some legal transcriptionists offer to travel as needed, making it easier for attorneys to get their finalized documents in a reasonable amount of time.
Attorneys, corporations, government agencies, insurance companies, banks, and lots of other businesses use transcription. The demand for lawful transcriptionists from the government is growing at a huge rate. Many work within administrative agencies for the Federal government.
Typically, yes. It is a sector of specialization. You need to have knowledge about laws, different court systems, types of cases, the formats for your state’s legal documents, and how to investigate and cite case law.
This takes typically 8 to 12 weeks (it can vary depending on how much time you have to dedicate to a program).
With the right training and credentials, legal transcriptionists can earn anywhere from $15 to $25 an hour. Piecework (or price by page) can equal from $1.50 to $3 a page. Transcriptionists who have built a solid business can make up to $40,000 per year if they maintain steady business and have a committed client base. Transcriptionists who specialize and offer a comprehensive list of services can make even more money than those who stick to a basic set of skills.
Becoming a legal transcriptionist can provide you with an extremely lucrative career. Job security and growth in the field are assured if you are willing to use the technologically advanced methods that attorneys need to remain current and on top of their cases. If you are looking for an opportunity to play a vital role in the legal world, becoming a certified transcriptionist is one way to accomplish that goal.
Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.