If you love to travel, have a gift for foreign language and are looking for a lucrative but flexible line of work, consider an international court reporting career. Court reporters and stenographers often are needed to help with legal cases that cross international borders or simply to provide real-time written translation for individuals or groups that don’t speak the same language.
If an international court reporting career interests you, there are a few must-knows:
- Know the language: This may seem obvious, but remember that in many cases, a textbook knowledge of a foreign language won’t cut it. One base language can have dozens, even hundreds of differing dialects and you’ll need to be able to decipher any of them well. Plus, all court reporters have at some time or another encountered an angry, foul-mouthed witness in a volatile court case. Cuss words and derogatory terms aren’t always taught in your foreign language 101 classes, so you’ll need to make sure you’re up on those used in the country you’ll visit.
- Know the court and legal procedures: Court and legal procedures differ from country to country and many are governed by international treaties between various countries. A basic knowledge of how the procedures differ will help assure a smooth operation.
- Know the customs outside the courtroom: When traveling overseas, it’s important that you bear in mind local customs and laws, some of which are strictly enforced – particularly if you’re a woman. For instance, female travelers to Saudi Arabia must be met by a sponsor upon arrival into the country, are not allowed to drive and can be arrested by the mutawain (religious police) for seemingly minor offenses like improper dress.
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