The strong projected growth of the legal profession means demand for qualified legal transcriptionists will also continue to increase. Legal transcriptionists listen to dictated legal recordings made by attorneys, paralegals and other legal professionals and translate them into legal documents.
The Certificate of Legal Transcription will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work as a legal transcriptionist. This online legal transcription course will prepare you to work as a transcriptionist in a legal office or in a freelance capacity.
In this online legal transcription course, you will develop your keyboard skills with speed and accuracy using touch typing techniques and learn how to transcribe with speed and accuracy. You will also learn how to understand and use legal terminology and gather and organise information and learn how to plan, draft and prepare complex legal documents.
Unit 1 - Keyboarding speed and accuracy
Touch typing techniques
Using the keyboard
Identify and develop keyboard skills
Speed and accuracy
Use safe work practices
Health and safety (OHS)
Mouse buttons and operations
Alpha keys and numeric keypad
Quick access toolbar
Creating a new document
Check spelling and grammar
Errors and corrections
Typing Test Standard: AS2708-2001.
Unit 2 - Produce texts from audio transcription
Prepare for audio transcription
Style, presentation and storage
Be organised and prepared
Clarify purpose and requirements
Requirements of audio transcription
Transcribe from an audio source
Meetings and conferences
Uses of dictations
Clarify spelling of names
Clarify technical terms
Self check for accuracy
Edit and revise text
Return draft for checking
Store print and distribute
Unit 3 - Complex legal documents
Produce complex legal documents
Time frame and process
Document management software
Document design and structure
Design and layout
Facilitate review process
Problem-solving and constraints
Training and documentation
Advanced software functions
Linking data between applications
Checking spelling grammar
Numeric data and layout
Numerical address information
Spelling and grammar
Format and style
To do lists
Security and confidentiality
The Australian standard
Policies and procedures
Maintenance and security
Accessibility and safety
Unit 4 - Legal terminology
Written and oral communication
Model of communication
Internal and external parties
Appropriate legal terminology
Policies and procedures
Spelling and pronunciation
Using correct legal terminology
Parties involved in legal proceedings
Other legal words and phrases
Work task limitations
Identify gaps in knowledge
Seeking clarification of gaps
What are gaps?
Assess competency levels
Methods for information collection
Training coaching and mentoring
Skills required for research
Legislations and rules
Legal terminology questions
Unit 5 - Confidentiality and security within the legal environment
Confidentiality and security
Errors and grammar
File / matters numbers
Keeping paperwork up to date
Codes of conduct
Relevant state / territory legislation
Cost disclosure and billing
Methods for organising a file
Conflicts of interest
Treating clients with respect
Trust and respect in the workplace
Honesty and integrity
Firm policies and procedures
Morals and ethics
Trust account monies
What is and what is not disclosable
Information that cannot be disclosed
Australian privacy principles (APP’s)
Discretion and judgement
Preparing client records
Power of attorney
Following security procedures
Store and secure information
Electronically stored information
Legislation for storage of materials
Estimated duration 75 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
One (1) Typing Speed and Accuracy Test. This typing test is marked according to Australian Standards. Conditions apply.
Interesting content presented in an easy-to-follow manner. Prompt, helpful and encouraging feedback from the tutors
M. Davies, Bulimba, QLD | Certificate of Legal Transcription
Easy to follow and understand. Overall a very good experience
S. Jewell, Rowville, VIC | Certificate of Legal Transcription
Overall my experience was positive
C. Pearson, Campbelltown, NSW | Certificate of Legal Transcription
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 75 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $250.00. Printed materials are available for purchase at any time and not require to complete this course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.