The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Given the number of Americans being laid off from their jobs every day, I had to blog about a career news article that includes the statements, “John Brandon has never met a court reporter that is unemployed,” and “Freelance court reporters can easily make well into the six figures.”
In the Record-Journal’s article, “Court reporting career well worth the effort,” reporter Mary-Ellen Godin writes about the attraction of the court reporting program at Briarwood College, the only such program in Connecticut. Court reporting training is difficult and many students drop out prior to graduation. But the “fast learning curve” and rigorous demands of learning the technical skills have yielded an unexpected bonus: plenty of work for those who complete the training.
According to Mr. Brandon, owner of Brandon Smith Reporting Service in Hartford, Connecticut, “As the schools closed down, the demand for reporters has never been higher. Litigation has never been so complicated.”
Court reporting students in Briarwood’s program type at least 225 words per minute by the time they have completed the self-paced program. The program’s director Cheryl Poehls says that laid off paralegals are showing more interest in the profession.
According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the prospects for court reporters are excellent.