West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Degree Options


Court Reporting

Associate of Science Degree (minimum of 83 units)

Certificate of Achievement

Court Reporters report verbatim the legal proceedings which take place in courtroom and deposition settings. The WVC Court Reporting program prepares reporters for licensing examinations.

Machine Shorthand: 200-220 wpm

Photo: Court Reporting Student
Program Information

The court reporting program at West Valley College offers access to an array of high-paying, top-skilled career opportunities in computerized reporting. West Valley College is the only community college in the Bay Area that offers court reporting. The California Certified Reporters' Board has licensed hundreds of West Valley College court reporting students who now earn high incomes working in courtrooms and deposition chambers throughout the world. All students in the program are trained by innovative techniques so that each student can meet and champion the challenges in the legal, medical, and educational world leading to rewarding careers today and tomorrow. Students in the program can acquire an A. S. degree or a Certificate of Achievement.

To be awarded an Associate of Science Degree
  1. All of the major requirements (a minimum of 83 units are needed)
  2. A 200-word-per-minute speed goal building class (CTR 20A-D) with a grade of C or better or Pass
  3. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements

Upon review of content, academic courses taken in a private court reporting school will be accepted toward qualifying for the CSR exam.
The sequence of courses is suggested and may vary. Some students may move through the machine portion of the program more quickly. The machine portion and the academic content of the above schedule has been fully approved by the Court Reporters Board of California.

Students are also recommended to take: CTR 30B - Real-Time and Legal Dictionary Building, and CTR 30C - Real-Time and Medical Dictionary Building. Before beginning any court reporting or related technology program, the student should have keyboarding skills of at least 45 words per minute; the Computer Applications Department offers keyboarding classes.

A Certificate of Achievement in Court Reporting may be earned by students who have completed all required academic courses with at least a grade of "C" or Pass, and have completed CTR 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, (200 WPM Speed Goal), with at least a grade of "C" or Pass.

Career Opportunities
Our department offers six programs:
  • Certified Shorthand Reporter
  • Captioning and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
  • Legal Transcription Technologist
  • Office Assistant/Transcription Technologist
  • Scopist/Note Reading
  • Legal Secretary
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 007A Court Reporting Theory 1 4
CTR 007B
OR CTR 6A 1
OR CTR 6B 1
Court Reporting Theory 2
Court Reporting Theory 1 ( 8 week summer course)
Court Reporting Theory 2 ( 8 week summer course)
4
2
2
CA15 Document Formatting OR approved word processing class 2
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 008 80 WPM Speed Goal; pass any one of CTR 8A-D with a grade of "C" or better 6.5
ENGL 903
OR ENGL 905
Basic Grammar and Sentence Structure*
English Fundamentals*
*(Does not fulfill English requirement for Associate Degree)
3
3
READ 53
OR READ 63
Speed and Critical Reading
Vocabulary Development
3
3
HTECH 5 Basic medical Terminology 3
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
  Appropriate Speedbuilding Classes 6.5
ENGL 905
OR ENGL 1A
English Fundamentals
English Composition
3
3
CTR 30A Real-Time Basic Dictionary Building 2
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
  Appropriate Speedbuilding Classes 6.5
PARA 21 Introduction to American Law  
CTR 28A Basic Computer-Aided Transcription 2.5
Fifth Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
  Appropriate Speedbuilding Classes 6.5
CTR 26 English Review and Office Practices for the Court Reporter 3
CTR 34 A1 Medical Dictation for the Court Reporter 1.5
Sixth Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
  Appropriate Speedbuilding Classes 6.5
CTR 38 Court and Deposition Procedures for the Court Reporter 3
Seventh Semester
Course Number Course Name Units
  Appropriate Speedbuilding Classes 6.5
CTR 42A/42B Certified Shorthand Reporters Examination Review 2
CTR 44 Court Reporting Apprenticeship 1
Recommended Electives
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 30B Real-Time and Computer-Aided Legal Dictionary Building 2
CTR 30C Real-Time and Computer-Aided Medical Dictionary Building 2
AJ 3 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
BUS 28 Business Law 3

Legal Secretary

Certificate of Achievement (minimum of 17.5 units)

The services provided by a legal secretary may range from that of a legal word processor to that of an administrative assistant for one or more attorneys in large or small firms.

Photo: Legal Secretary
Program Information

The legal community has always required skilled assistance, and it is willing to pay top dollar for the services provided by trained legal secretaries. West Valley College offers courses to train individuals interested in entering the legal secretarial field. The Court Reporting department, the Paralegal department, and the Computer Applications department have combined their expertise and courses to create this curriculum. If you have keyboarding skills and beginning knowledge of Microsoft Word, then you can complete this course of study in two semesters. This fast-track program can help you get started in your chosen profession.

A Certificate of Achievement in Legal Secretarial Studies can be earned by student who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of "C" or "Pass" and a minimum of 17.5 units of credits.

Students who need additional time to practice computer skills are encouraged to take advantage of the open lab time in Technology Center.

You may continue your studies in this field by pursuing certificates in Administrative management Assistant, Level 1 and Level 2, and an Associate of science Degree in Business Administration.

Required Course List
Course Number Course Name Units
CA 32B Intermediate Word Processing, Microsoft Word 2
ENGL 905 English Fundamentals (a preparation course for English 1A) 3
PARA 65B Word Processing for the Law Office, Microsoft Word 3
PARA 21 Introduction to American Law 3
PARA 22 Civil Litigation 3
PARA 25 Legal Ethics 1.5
CTR 83
OR PARA 43
Law Office Practicum for the Legal Secretary
Law Office Management
2
3

*Certificate requires minimum of 17.5 units

Legal Transcription

Associate of Science Degree (minimum of 83 units)

Certificate of Achievement

A legal transcriptionist works for law offices and courts using machine shorthand for data entry of legal documents and transcription of tape recordings.

Machine Shorthand: 80-140 wpm

Photo: Legal Transcriptionist
Program Information

A legal transcriptionist works for insurance companies, law offices, and courts, using electronic machine shorthand for data entry of legal documents and transcription of tape recordings. The Court Reporting Program at West Valley College offers access to career opportunities in computerized reporting. West Valley College is the only community college in the South Bay that offers court reporting and related careers. All students in the program are trained by innovative techniques and on state-of-the-art equipment, so that each student can meet and champion the challenges in he legal, medical, and educational world leading to rewarding careers today and tomorrow. Students in the program can acquire an A. S. degree or a Certificate of Achievement in Legal Transcription Technology.

To be awarded an Associate of Science Degree
  1. All of the major requirements for a Certificate of Achievement
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements

A Certificate of Achievement in Legal Transcription Technology can be earned by student who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of "C" or "Pass".

Suggested Course List
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 007A Court Reporting Theory 1 4
CTR 007B
OR CTR 6A 1
OR CTR 6B 1
Court Reporting Theory 2
Court Reporting Theory 1 ( 8 week summer course)
Court Reporting Theory 2 ( 8 week summer course)
4
2
2
ENGL 905 English Fundamentals 3
CTR 26 English Review and Office Practices for the Court Reporter 3
CTR 28A Basic Computer Aided Transcription 2.5
CTR 30A Real-Time and Computer-Aided Basic Dictionary Building 2
CTR 30B Real-Time and Computer-Aided Legal Dictionary Building 2
CA 31B Beginning Word Processing, Microsoft Word 1
CA 32B Intermediate Word Processing, Microsoft Word 2
PARA 65B Word Processing for the Law Office 3
Any one of the following with a grade of "C" or better, or demonstration of skill proficiency
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 8 A-D
OR CTR 50X1
80 WPM Speed Goal
Court Reporting Workshop - Night (Goal - 80 WPM)
6.5
3

Note Reading and Scoping Technologist

Certificate of Achievement

A scopist edits and proofreads legal transcripts. Scopists may work at home, in a court reporter’s office, or at a courthouse.

Machine Shorthand: 80-100 wpm

Photo: Legal Secretary
Program Information

As an assistant to a court or deposition reporter, a scopist edits and proofreads legal transcripts. This Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide vocational skills to anyone interested in a career of assisting court reporters by note reading, transcribing, or computer scoping. Scopists may work at home, in a court reporter's office, or at a courthouse. All the work is completed using computer software that can easily be transferred via online services. This field provides flexibility and the training is short term.

A Certificate of Achievement in Note Reading and Scoping Technology can be earned by students who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of "C" or "Pass".

Before beginning any court reporting and captioning program, the student should have keyboarding skills of at least 45 words per minute. The computer Application Department offers keyboarding classes.

Required Course List
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 007A Court Reporting Theory 1 4
CTR 007B
OR CTR 6A 1
OR CTR 6B 1
Court Reporting Theory 2
Court Reporting Theory 1 (8 week summer course)
Court Reporting Theory 2 (8 week summer course)
4
2
2
ENGL 905 English Fundamentals (can be alternate for CTR 24A, B) 3
CTR 8A
OR CTR 50X1
80 WPM Speed Goal
CTR Workshop (Night)
6.5
4
CTR 28A Basic Computer-Aided Transcription 2.5
CTR 26 English Review and Office Practices for the Court Reporter 3

Office Assistant / Transcription Technologist

Certificate of Achievement

Machine shorthand writers perform standard office responsibilities and data entry, as well as taking minutes at board meetings and presentations.

Machine Shorthand: 80-140 wpm

Photo: Legal Secretary
Program Information

With machine shorthand, an office or administrative assistant is able to write shorthand much faster than pen and paper shorthand. Machine shorthand writers are called upon to perform standard office responsibilities, as well as take minutes at board meetings, sales meetings, press conferences, technical training seminars, product introductions, and other presentations.

A Certificate of Achievement in Legal Transcription Technology can be earned by students who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of "C" or "Pass".

Suggested Course List
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 007A Court Reporting Theory 1 4
CTR 007B
OR CTR 6A 1
OR CTR 6B 1
Court Reporting Theory 2
Court Reporting Theory 1 (8 week summer course)
Court Reporting Theory 2 (8 week summer course)
4
2
2
ENGL 905 English Fundamentals 3
BUS 7B Business Communication 2
CA 31B Intermediate Word Processing, Microsoft Word 1
CA 10 Computer Keyboarding 2
CA15 Document Formatting 2
Any one of the following with a grade of "C" or better, or demonstration of skill proficiency
Course Number Course Name Units
CTR 8A-D 80 WPM Speed Goal 6.5

Orientation

New and transfer students are required to attend a Court Reporting Department Orientation Meeting, presented before the beginning of each semester. The date is published in each semester's class schedule.

Prospective students will learn many details about the court reporting program and college services. A former student who currently works as a court reporter will speak about their experiences.

The Court reporting Department is located in the Business and Administration building.

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