Legal Scoping Can Earn You Money From Home

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If you are doing transcription, you may have heard the terms editing and proofreading, but do you know what  legal scoping is?

What Is Legal Scoping?

A legal scopist is a talented individual with excellent word skills who receives a transcript and audio from a court reporter, downloads it into his/her software, and edits the transcript to be correct according to the audio.

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According to Internet Scoping School, Scoping is editing transcripts for court reporters.

Legal Scoping Can Be Done From Home

Do you crave the ability to work from home? You might like to become a scopist. You work the hours that you set. You don’t have someone leaning over your shoulder analyzing everything you do. All you need is a computer, specialized computer-aided transcription (CAT) software, access to the Internet and email. Can you make enough money to live on?

According to a recent analysis by, an average scopist salary in the United States can range between $36,946 and $48,156. Now, if you are just starting out, you can’t expect to make that much right when you are starting. You can, however, make money per how many pages you scope. It makes sense that the quantity you do, the more you can make. Do not get so speed conscious, however, that you lose sight of your quality.

Scoping has been around for approximately 30 years, and you don’t need a pricey degree. There are schools, as well as some community colleges that will provide online training for scoping. Just take a look at five skills that are essential to get ahead in work at home scoping.

Work at Home Scoping Skills

  1. Superior proficiency in grammar, punctuation and spelling – A scopist is an independent contractor who works with court reporters on a job-by-job basis, ensuring that official transcripts are completely accurate. While some court reporters choose to scope their own work, many hire scopists to take on more reporting jobs.
  2. Attention to Detail – Once a scopist receives a transcript and corresponding audio, the real work begins. It’s the scopist’s responsibility to research spellings and fix any mistakes so court reporters can produce error-free transcripts more efficiently.

A scopist is the first person to receive the transcript from the court reporter, but they aren’t perfect 100% of the time either. This can be due to multiple speakers, foreign accents or unclear speech. After a scopist finishes, a proofreader catches any errors that may have been missed.

  1. Discipline – You must have a firm grasp of the hours you are going to allot to your workday. Additionally, you need to be self-motivated and able to focus for long periods (with regular breaks, of course).
  2. Flexibility – The pressure of tight deadlines and last-minute demands can be stressful. Are you able to meet these last-minute interruptions? If not, this might not be the right career for you.
  3. Resilience. Some material can be disturbing. You need a thick skin to handle potentially distressing content. Additionally, you should have an understanding of what it takes to run a business since this will be your own business.

Benefits of Working at Home Scoping

As I’ve already mentioned, you can do the work as a freelancer. You can set your own hours and can set up your work area as you would like. Borlok Virtual Assistants has an article that has some benefits of becoming a virtual assistant.

You have the freedom to work your own hours from your home or anyplace that has internet access. You can even put your desk next to a window so you can enjoy the scenery. Say goodbye to driving a car to and from work. Think about how much gas and wear and tear on your vehicle you could save.

Court scoping doesn’t require an expensive degree or large startup costs. Depending on the different schools you might attend, certificates of completion are awarded.

There are several CAT software with the most popular being Case CATalyst and Eclipse. The investment you make initially is well-worth it, and you may be able to claim it as a business expense.

Legal Scoping doesn’t take a lot of effort to learn.

Disadvantages of Court Scoping as a Career

  • Work at home legal scoping can be stressful due to long hours and stringent deadlines.
  • When first starting out, it’s slow going. Speed will pick up eventually.

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Legal scoping is a rewarding career choice for those with a keen eye for detail and a desire to work from home. This profession allows you to leverage your word skills, work flexible hours, and potentially earn a significant income without needing an expensive degree. While it comes with challenges such as tight deadlines and the need for self-discipline, the benefits, including the freedom to set your own schedule and work remotely, make it an attractive option.

As with any career, starting out can be slow, but persistence and dedication will see your speed and efficiency improve over time. With the right training and a commitment to quality, you can build a successful career in legal scoping. If you enjoy transcription and have a knack for grammar and punctuation, legal scoping might be the perfect next step for you.

Borlok Transcription started doing transcription in 2006, and started out doing all sorts of transcription. We started out in the freelance marketplaces like and (now known as It took us while to feel comfortable doing transcription, but we hung in there – and you can too! Contact us if you have questions.

Updated 6/9/2024
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