Court Reporting Institute of Dallas

The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas (CRID) is a private for-profit two-year higher education institution. Its main goal is to provide students with an academic learning environment that is interactive and productive. It strives to enable students to develop the necessary knowledge, abilities, and guidance to lead successful careers. The programs at CRID are centered on students and faculty and staff members are dedicated to helping students meet their educational goals by offering knowledgeable and friendly leadership.

The educational objective at CRID is to provide training to enable students to acquire a basic understanding and applicable skills of common procedures and methods required to pursue a career in the legal reporting field. The programs are committed to helping students reach their maximum potential and utilize new skills to become qualified professionals. The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas also focuses on practical experiences to make sure students adjust successfully in the workplace.

The online division offers an Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting degree program that is designed to reflect the campus-based program. The online learning environment involves a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning tasks via the Internet. All online courses are presented in an appropriate online learning platform. Online students are expected to be self-disciplined and committed to completing assignments on a weekly basis. Strong computer, writing, and typing skills are also necessary. Full-time online students are expected to complete online coursework for at least 26 hours per week and part-time online students are expected to complete online assignments at least 13 hours per week. Specific course schedules will vary depending on the program of specific students.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Court Reporting degree program has the objective of preparing students to become Certified Shorthand Reporters. The program enables students to gain a solid understanding of court reporting theory, standard English grammar and punctuation, court reporting English, legal and medical terminology, courtroom and deposition procedures, anatomy, psychology, and transcription using computers. The program also helps students increase the speed of their machine shorthand to 225 words a minute and a typing speed of an average of 50 words per minute. The program length is generally 120 weeks consisting of a total of 108 quarter credit hours including 23 quarter credit hours of general education courses and 85 quarter credit hours of court reporting theory courses and related lab components.

The student-centered focus is present in all aspects of the educational experience at the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas. All departments including recruiting, admissions, and career services were created to develop the interests, abilities, and attitudes of students to promote career success.

The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas was established in 1978 and in 1983 it become the state of Texas’ first private college to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting. In 1984, the National Court Reporters Association granted it programmatic certification. It opened a branch campus in Houston in 2002 and was acquired by Vatterott College in 2004. CRID launched its entire online Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting degree in 2006.


The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools accredits The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas.

Scholarships Offered

The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas participates in the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Scholarship Program, Imagine America Scholarship Program, and Imagine America Military Award Program. It also offers the Top-Student Scholarship Program, which is an institutional scholarship offered to students who meet specific requirements.

Financing Options

The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas implements goals of assisting all eligible students in obtaining financial aid and it participates in various programs. Federal programs include Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans, and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). It also accepts private loans and Veterans Educational Benefits. Another funding option is employer reimbursement.

Credit Earning Options

The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas may grant credit for previous coursework completed at another accredited institution and training and work experience. All transfer courses must have received a grade of a C or better and completed within the past five years. At least 25% of credits in a specific program must be completed at the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas. Students must submit an official transcript, course descriptions, and other supporting documents. The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas also grants credits for internal proficiency and external proficiency examinations. External proficiency examinations include College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), American Council on Education (ACE), and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Program (DANTES).