Legal Transcriptionist

Hours: 480 / Access Length: 12 Month / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $2,795.00

Course Overview:

Become engaged in the study of the law and what it means to you. This course discusses how various aspects of the law affect the individual, filling a void for those looking to learn about many of the personal law issues that confront people in their everyday lives.

Our Understanding the Law course uses hypothetical and real examples to illustrate important points of the law and to inspire insight. This course also incorporates extensive coverage of ethical issues and the law. Students will learn about international and comparative law in order to give the student essential knowledge for today's global marketplace.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the elements involved in US law
  • Comprehend the state and federal court system and the role of the attorney
  • Define administrative law and the classification of crimes
  • Identify the elements of torts and contracts
  • Comprehend how the law relates to the individual in various situations

Legal transcription has come into the public view recently being recognized for its efficient and professional influence on legal records and is steadily becoming a popular trend in the legal field. Legal Transcriptionists use verbatim methods to store, recover, and record legal information, and pre-trail and trial proceedings. They use prerecorded information, and written material to compile reports. Legal transcriptionists transcribe material that has been dictated or recorded in courtrooms, closed hearings, law offices, or through personal interviews. They accurately document all testimony, pleadings, interrogations, meeting minutes, and hearings.

This Legal Transcription course teaches the most current practices for transcribing and revising any legal document with correct formatting, punctuation, and spelling.

  • Formatting and terminology skills using illustrations of legal documents.
  • Real-world projects dictated on accompanying CD using both national and international accents and dialects.
  • Discussion of legal office procedures related to legal transcription activities.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Type quickly and correctly
  • Identify the transcription format for civil litigation
  • Identify the transcription format for probates
  • Identify the transcription format for family law
  • Identify the transcription format for legal instruments
  • Identify the transcription format for bankruptcy and the appellate procedure

Course Outline:

Understanding the Law Module 1
Introduction to the Law
  • The English Source of U.S. Law
  • Modern Sources of U.S. Law
  • Types & Classifications of Law
  • The Relationship Between Law & Ethics
  • Using Court Cases
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Separation of Powers
  • The National Government
  • What is Federalism?
  • The Police Power
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Freedom of Speech & Religion
  • Unreasonable Searches
  • Due Process of Law
  • Affirmative Action
  • The Right to Privacy
Understanding the Law Module 2
The Court System & The Attorney
  • What is Trial Court?
  • Appellate Court
  • Understanding Jurisdiction
  • The State Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • Trial Proceedings
  • The Adversarial System
  • Attorneys-at-Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Hire & Fire an Attorney
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Understanding the Law Module 3
Administrative Law & Crimes
  • What is Administrative Law?
  • History of U.S. Administrative Law
  • Administrative Agencies
  • Areas of Administrative Law
  • Agency Power, Process, & Action
  • Limits of Agency Power
  • What is a Crime?
  • Parties to a Crime
  • Corpus Delicti
  • Felony, Misdemeanor, or Infraction
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Crimes Against Property
  • Defenses to Crimes
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Procedures in a Criminal Trial
  • Parole, Probation, & Clemency
Understanding the Law Module 4
Torts & Contracts
  • What are Torts?
  • Torts by Intentional Conduct
  • Torts by Negligent Behavior
  • Strict Liability Torts
  • Damages & the Collection of Damages
  • Contracts: Enforceable Agreements
  • How are Contracts Classified?
  • Requisites of a Valid Contract
  • Third Parties in Contracts
  • Discharged Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Individual Consumer Contracts
  • Warranty Protection
Understanding the Law Module 5
Application of Law to the Individual
  • Family Law
  • Marriage Laws
  • Legal Consequences of Marriage
  • Laws Governing Parenthood
  • Protection of Minors
  • Termination of Marriage
  • Family Law Contracts
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Owning a Motor Vehicle
  • Driving a Motor Vehicle
  • Purchasing Automobile Insurance
  • Acquiring Ownership of Personal Property
  • Will or Inheritance
  • Mislaid, Lost, & Abandoned Property
Understanding the Law Module 6
Renters, Landlords & Home Ownership 
  • Types of Leases
  • Landlord-Tenant Relationship
  • Legal Remedies for Landlords
  • Legal Remedies for Tenants
  • Characteristics of Home Ownership
  • Dealing with Real Estate Agents
  • Offer to Purchase a Home
  • Financing the Purchase of a Home
  • What is Escrow?
  • Title Insurance
  • Role of Attorney in Home Transactions
  • Home Taxes
  • Home Insurance
  • Neighbor Laws
Understanding the Law Module 7
Employer/Employee Law & Estate Planning
  • Employee & Employer Rights and Duties
  • Classification of Employees
  • Laws Against Discrimination
  • The Basic Duties of Employees
  • Common Benefits of Employees
  • Rights Regarding Unions
  • Arbitration of Employment Disputes
  • What is Estate Planning?
  • Tax Burdens Reduced or Avoided
  • Matters Concerning Wills
  • Matters Concerning Probate
  • Living Wills & Advance Directives
  • Matters Concerning Trusts
  • Different Types of Trusts
  • Ways to Avoid Probate
  • Conservatorship & Guardianship
Legal Transcription Module 1
Typing Practice & Improvement
  • Pre-Test Your Typing Ability
  • Finger Positioning Exercises
  • Typing Practice Games
  • Typing Progress Tracking
  • Improve Your Typing Skills
  • Increase Your Typing Speed
Legal Transcription Module 2
Civil Litigation Transcription
  • Initiating a Lawsuit
  • Summons, Caption & Complaint
  • Answering a Lawsuit
  • Calculating Time
  • Keeping a Tickler System
  • Motion to Dismiss
  • Answer, Counterclaim, & Cross-Complaint
  • Discovery / Judgment
  • Interrogatories
  • Request for Admissions
  • Preparing Correspondence
Legal Transcription Module 3
Probate Practice Transcription
  • Last Will & Testament
  • Self-Proving Affidavit
  • Living Will
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Probate Procedure
  • Representative’s Oath
  • Notification of Heirs
  • Notice to Creditors
  • Tax Reports
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Name Changes
Legal Transcription Module 4
Family Law Transcription
  • Termination of Marriage
  • Grounds for Divorce
  • Types of Divorces
  • Complaint or Petition
  • Final Decree
  • Marital Dissolution Agreement
  • Adoptions and Paternity
  • Petition for Adoption
  • Adoption Decrees
  • Types of Adoption
  • Motion & Order for a Blood Test
  • Order of Paternity & Support
Legal Transcription Module 5
Legal Instruments Transcription
  • Contract & Leases
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
  • Reservation of a Corporate Name
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws & Minutes of First Meetings
  • Stock Certificates
  • Application for Employer Identification Number
  • Real Estate
  • Warranty Deed
  • Deed of Trust
  • Real Estate Closing
  • Quitclaim Deed
Legal Transcription Module 6
Bankruptcy & Appellate Procedure Transcription
  • Bankruptcy
  • Voluntary Petition
  • Chapter 7
  • Summary of Schedules
  • Typing Citations
  • Citing Primary & Secondary Materials
  • Citing & Formatting Quotations
  • Preparing an Appellate Brief
  • Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Part of a Brief

All necessary materials are included.


Upon successful completion of our Legal Transcription course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Transcriptionist and will be prepared, in part, for the AAERT national certification exam to become a Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET).

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **