Louisiana Court Reporting Schools

 

               

 

Court reporters practicing in the state of Louisiana are required to be certified by the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters.  This board was created within the office of the governor for the purpose of “encouraging proficiency in the practice of shorthand reporting as a profession, promoting efficiency in court and general reporting, and extending to the courts and to the public the protection afforded by a standardized profession by establishing a standard of competency for those persons engaged in it.”  These purposes are primarily facilitated through certification tests and required continuing education for court reporters.  The Louisiana Court Reporters Association (LCRA) supports the board by monitoring certification tests twice a year.  The LCRA also employs a full-time lobbyist to protect and promote the interests of Louisiana court reporters.

Several court reporter training facilities are located throughout the state of Louisiana offering training in both stenography and voice writing.  However, if commuting to one of these facilities is not an option for you, many reputable educational institutions now offer online court reporter training which can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

Becoming a Court Reporter in Louisiana

Though it is not a requirement that an applicant attend a court reporting school to be allowed to take the Louisiana Certified Court Reporter Exam, prior to being allowed to sit for the main exam, an applicant must pass a qualifying exam given by an approved court reporting school or through the board.  The minimum qualifications for an applicant taking a qualifying exam are that he/she be at least 18 years of age, have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent, and have not been convicted of a felony.  Upon passing the qualifying exam, an applicant is allowed to participate in the state licensing exam.  In lieu of the state exam, the board also accepts proof of a passing score on the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) examination or the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) examination as the skills testing requirement for certification.  Upon successful completion of the required exam, the board offers certified court reporter (CCR) licensing to stenotypists, voice writers, and pen writers.

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following information about the occupation of court reporting in the state of Louisiana.  Keep in mind, however, that these estimates do not include self-employed workers, which make up a significant portion of court reporters working in the state of Louisiana.

Employment: 630
Hourly Mean Wage:  $18.90
Annual Mean Wage:  $39,300

 

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Court Reporting Schools in Louisiana:

Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting, LLC
Mission Statement: The mission of Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting (BRSCR) is to provide a focused, structured skills and academic program to students wishing to enter the fields of court reporting, CART/captioning, administrative assistant, legal administrative and scoping.
Address: 9213 Interline Avenue, Suite A, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
Phone: 888-447-0450 / 225-218-4919
Website: www.brscr.com
Type of School: Private, for-profit
Programs Offered: Court Reporter Training; CART-Captioning Training; Voice Writing Training
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: (unavailable)
Accrediting Agency: National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Participating Program; Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents
Online Courses Offered: Yes (contact school directly for availability in your state)

Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana
Mission Statement: The mission of the Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana is to prepare students for business and information technology careers.  The institute aims to train students to become competent and proficient professionals.  The mission of the court reporting program is to prepare students for passing the state and national certification examinations and to become employed as certified court reporters or to prepare students as broadcast captioners or CART providers.
Address: 12090 South Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
Phone: 225-341-2745
Website: www.cril.edu
Type of School: Private, for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate in Occupational Studies in Court Reporting; Certificate in Court Reporting
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE); Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents
Online Courses Offered: Yes (contact school directly for availability in your state)

Crosby Court Reporting Centre
Mission Statement: (unavailable)
Address: 1728 Riviere Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70003
Phone: 504-888-1322
Website: (unavailable)
Type of School: Private, for-profit
Programs Offered: Training in Voice Court Reporting
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: (unavailable)
Accrediting Agency: Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents
Online Courses Offered: No

Legally Speaking, LLC
Mission Statement: (unavailable)
Address: 7447 Highway 534, Haynesville, Louisiana 71038
Phone: 318-624-2330
Website: (unavailable)
Type of School: Private, for-profit
Programs Offered: Training in Voice Court Reporting
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: (unavailable)
Accrediting Agency: Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents
Online Courses Offered: No

Professional Institute of Court Reporting
Mission Statement: The mission of Professional Institute of Court Reporting (PICR) is to provide a focused, structured skills and academic program to students wishing to enter the fields of court reporting, CART/captioning and scoping.
Address: 2601 N. Hullen Street, Suite 100, Metairie, Louisiana 70002
Phone: 504-302-1083
Website: www.pi-cr.com
Type of School: Private, for-profit
Programs Offered: Court Reporter Training; CART-Captioning Training; Voice Writing Training
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: (unavailable)
Accrediting Agency: Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents
Online Courses Offered: Yes (contact school directly for availability in your state)

 

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