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Legal Transcription Specialist (BPLTS-02)


Course Description

This training program combines a two course training track:

•Legal Secretary (a prerequisite of Legal Transcription)
•Legal Transcription

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


Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 1
The Law Office
• The Lawyer’s Assistant
• The Career of a Lawyer’s Assistant
• NALS Certification
• Ethical Considerations
• Maintaining Integrity
• Getting to Know the Law Office
• Client Relations
• Dealing with Incoming & Outgoing Mail
• File Management
• Computers in the Law Office
Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 2
Billing, Accounting & Written Communication
• Understanding Billing
• Time & Cost Entries
• Handling the Firm’s Checking Account
• Written Communication
• The Basics of English Grammar
• Review of Sentence Structure
• Punctuation & Capitalization
• Abbreviations & Number Usage
• Writing Letters, Memos, & Messages
• Parts of a Business Letter
Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 3
Preparation of Legal Documents
• Basic Preparation of a Legal Document
• Legal Citations
• Legal Research & the Law Library
• Computer-assisted Legal Research
• History of the Law
• The American Judicial System
• Dual System of Courts
• Terminology of the Court
• Court Officers
• Administrative Agencies
Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 4
Litigation, Contracts, Torts, & Criminal Law
• Opening the Litigation File
• Delivery of Complaint or Petition to the Court
• Amended and Supplemental Pleadings
• Motions Prior to Trail & Trial
• Understanding Contract Law
• The Essential Elements of a Contract
• Negligence versus Strict Liability
• Criminal Law & Procedure
• Jurisdictional Differences
• Misdemeanor & Felony Cases
Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 5
Family, Business, & Real Estate Law
• Family Law
• Marriage, Annulment, & Divorce
• Child Custody & Support Agreements
• Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
• Business Organizations & the Law
• Types of Corporations
• Types of Partnerships
• Real Estate Law
• Elements of Real Estate Law
• Real Estate in Litigation
Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 6
Estate Planning & Guardianship Plus Bankruptcy Law
• An Introduction to Estate Planning
• Characteristics of a Will
• Types of Wills
• Types of Trusts & Funding a Trust
• Elder Law
• The Uniform Probate Code
• Functions of Estate Administration
• Guardianships or Conservatorships
• Understanding Bankruptcy
• Dischargeable & Nondischargeable Debts

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


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to enhance their skills in the field of Legal Transcription.


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).




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• Basic Manual for the Lawyer’s Assistant by NALS
• Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 18 Software
• Legal Transcription (with CD-ROMs) by Linda R. Lyle and G. Howard Doty
• Digital Transcription Equipment: Headset, Foot Pedal and Software

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