You’ve just completed your courses and tests to do Utah court reporting. You’re probably thinking, now what? After you finish your courses it’s best to start these next steps to get into the field.
First of all, you’ll need to apply for your court reporting license for the state you’ll be working in. You can apply for your license here with the State of Utah. The application fee is $45 and needs to be renewed every two years.
Choose what city you want to be based from. Court reporters will travel often depending on the courthouse or location of depositions, but it’s best to choose a base office in one of the larger cities like Salt Lake City, Provo, or Ogden.
Take advantage of networking at social events. Court reporting and establishing your name in the business is going to be your bread and butter throughout your career. Ariel Mumma at Tempest Reporting suggests networking with the paralegals or secretaries.
Lawyers are too busy and leave it up to their secretaries to find a court reporter for their trials or depositions. If you do a good job, this is also a great opportunity to establish your relationship as a firms regular court reporter or stenographer.
Looking for an opportunity to network, check out the Utah Court Reporters Association event page.
Your job is established, you are licensed, and you’re ready to go. Now it’s time for your very first trial. It’s intimidating, but you’ve been trained for this. Get the date, time, and address for the trial and meet the lawyer you will be working with.
There are a few things a few you should be prepared for and bring to your trial. Trials can last a few hours without any breaks. Make sure to eat, hydrate, and use the restroom before your assignment. Turn off your cell phone and leave it in your bag or purse. Last and most importantly, don’t forget to bring your stenography machine and it’s necessary equipment like batteries, steno paper, and a memory disk. Good luck and enjoy your opportunity as you do court reporting in the state of Utah.