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Court Reporting is a cool and interesting profession that allows individuals to take the symbols above and translate them into English.  Top professionals in the industry make over six figures a year in compensation and it is often referenced as one of the best paying jobs most people don't think of!  If you are interested in the profession, check out the links below.
Court reporting and captioning students represent the future of the profession, and ILCRA wants to help our students be the very best reporters in the nation! If you are a current reporting student or considering a career in court reporting, this page features information that may be helpful as you embark on this exciting career opportunity!
Check out these videos about the benefits of becoming a court reporter today.
Do you want to become a court reporter or captioner? The following links will tell you how to make that dream a reality.
Click Here for an in-depth description of the profession, earning potential, its history and the future of the industry.
Interested in the types of jobs you can target once you graduate? Click Here
Looking for court reporting programs in Illinois? Illinois is home to some of the best court reporting schools in the nation! For a complete list, Click Here!
Free Online Dictation Practice Site
Linda Fisher, a reporter from New York, developed a website for students and reporters alike that provides downloadable dictation, online. It has dictation ranging in speed from 40 to 230 words per minute. The best part of all - it’s free! Just pick your speed, click, and go. It’s perfect for reporters practicing for the national certifications such as the RPR, RMR, or CRR, and for students practicing for state certifications.
For dictionary building, there’s a link to word lists dictated at slow speeds. You can print out the text of the words or write them as they’re dictated. The word lists include frequent words, medical suffixes, economic terms, states and their capitols, genetic terms, legal terms, and countries. You just never know when Zimbabwe might come up. If it does, voila…’re covered.
Other Information for Current or Prospective Students
NCRA's Student Community of Interest site   Student Community of Interest
ILCRA Student Mentoring Program   Student Mentoring Program
Another site describing the reporting profession 
Financial Aid Sites for Students
Below are sources of financial aid. These links are not associated with ILCRA and are provided only as a resource.
Federal Government Description and Job Outlook of the Industry
Stories about Potential Earnings as a Court Reporter
 Legal Careers (Court Reporting) from
10 High-paying Jobs
10 Surprising Six-Figure Jobs
Surprising Salaries Jobs

ILCRA is proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship to one outstanding student per year.  For details and deadlines, please download the nomination form below and send it to ILCRA by September 1, 2023.

2023 ILCRA Student Scholarship Application