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Legal Transcription Skill


What are the basic skills that a good legal transcription professional should have? A legal professional transcriptionist’s job is to convert the audio documents/recordings into typed format so that it may be used by the law professionals either in court or elsewhere. Some of the basic skills and responsibilities of a legal transcriptionist include,

  • Good keyboarding / typing skill
  • Comprehension skill
  • Computer skills
  • Good understanding of legal concepts/ terms
  • Good communication skill
  • Good memory
  • Ability to absorb details
  • Be able to sit and type for long hours
  • Should meet deadlines
  • Good at using reference material
  • Be a good editor
  • Document formatting skill
  • Document correspondence skill
  • Experience with testimony, evidence, pleading, briefs /summary
  • Active listening skill

Some times the audio recording received by the legal transcriptionist can be of bad quality. Either the recorded voice may be feeble, or the speaker may me very fast / slows in his speech. A good transcription must also be able to handle background noise, whispers and mumblings etc. He may also have to make intelligent guesses when some words are not very clear. This is possible only if allowed and not during verbatim transcription. Tapes may have to be re winded and re-heard more than once.

Managed Outsource Solutions (MOS) is a US based legal outsourcing company offering professional legal transcription services besides legal research, legal animation, data entry and legal documentation services to its clients in the US, Canada the UK and Australia

About Julie Clements

Julie Clements

Joined the MOS team in March of 2008. Julie Clements has background in the healthcare staffing arena; as well as 6 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at a 4 star resort. Julie was instrumental in the creation of the medical record review division (and new web site); and has especially grown this division along with data conversion of all kinds.