Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate

Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program

Program Description 

The Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program (LIT) helps to train bilingual students for the profession of certified court interpreter, a profession much in demand given the linguistic diversity of the state of California.
 
Court interpreters provide accurate interpretation and translation for witnesses and parties in courtrooms and other legal proceedings where legal terminology is used and knowledge of legal procedures and processes is essential. The program teaches students to interpret consecutively as well as simultaneously, and to "sight translate" legal, business and medical documents. The instruction covers a variety of court and administrative procedures and practices.
 
This unique program can also prepare qualified students for a career as a certified translator or interpreter for any industry that needs to serve individuals with limited English skills, including government agencies, corporations, hospitals and telecoms. Finally, bilingual persons already employed in another capacity can increase their skills and their remuneration with formal interpreting certification from an accredited university.
 

Who is the program for?

The Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program (LIT) is for bilingual students interested becoming employed as a certified court interpreter. Court interpreters provide accurate interpretation and translation for witnesses and parties in courtrooms and other legal proceedings where legal terminology is used and knowledge of legal procedures and processes is essential. The program teaches students to interpret consecutively as well as simultaneously, and to "sight translate" legal, business and medical documents. The instruction covers a variety of court and administrative procedures and practices.

Program Benefits

While this Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program (LIT) can train students to take county, state, and even federal examinations that certify the competency of interpreters and translators for employment in non-legal contexts, the program focus is on the special knowledge and training needed to work as a court interpreter and meet the standards of the Judicial Council of California (www.courtinfo.ca.gov). The final course consists of intensive preparation and mock exams simulating the written and oral examinations given at the State and Federal levels for certification as an interpreter for the courts.

Employment Outlook/Career Opportunities

According to O*NET OnLine, Interpreters and Translators have a bright occupational outlook, with projected job growth of 22% or higher between 2012-2022. In the state of California, interpreters and translators can earn a median income of $45,430 yearly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.