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What to look in a good and efficient Legal transcriptionist

Feb 24th 2015 at 6:51 PM

Every now and then we across this term “Legal transcriptionist”. You might have heard this term without knowing the meaning of it or what they do. Some people consider it to be a career option. But whatever is the case it will definitely pay for learning about the jobs of a Legal transcriptionist.

Legal transcriptions basically refer to listening to the dictations given by attorneys & summarizing them in a document’s form for creating as well as maintaining an organized & a detailed legal record of some case. This works in helping the firms winning more number of cases and helping companies conduct business in a better way. The profession of a legal transcriptionist is now becoming an entirely new domain having a huge potential.

Till date there is no formal training required for becoming a legal-transcriptionist. Some companies as well as firms go off-shore for being able to obtain a legal transcriptionist at low cost. Apart from good speed of typing & accuracy, a lot of firms even look for knowledge of English as a language, which means that the legal transcriptionist should have excellent grammar knowledge.

Most of the companies ask the legal transcriptionist to be able to listen to some phrase or any meaningful group of words, type them & listen to them again before finalizing the 1st group of words. This skill requires focus and concentration. An ideal transcription includes smooth and swift transcription. Good and effective legal transcriptionist should also be able to understand the legal terms properly and should be able to use them correctly. As mentioned earlier also, there’s no formal training which are given for this profession as yet. But these legal transcriptionists are very much in demand as they help in making the whole process fast, easy and efficient. An efficient transcriptionist should also be able to skillfully analyze the dictation & listen to the tone of the dictator as a guide for aiding correct and accurate punctuation. The legal expert should not have the need to tell about the punctuation.

Apart from the required skills which have been stated in the above lines, a good transcriptionist should also be able to skillfully transcribe the legal-reports at the rate of at least 45 absolutely correct sentences in half an hour. They should also be able to review the documents and make necessary improvements.

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