Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program (English/Spanish)
This certificate program 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. Cal State L.A.'s 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.
There is currently a shortage of certified interpreters in California, particularly for Spanish. Nationally, Department of Labor projections anticipate increases in the need for both interpreters and translators at a rate 'much faster than average'. Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos175.htm. The starting salary for Certified Court Interpreters employed directly by the Courts is about $70,000, plus benefits. A majority of interpreters and translators work as free-lancers and thus earn varying amounts. See the summary of an extensive 2007 study of compensation by the American Translators Association (http://www.atanet.org/docs/compensation_survey_2007.pdf). For more information specific to California Court Interpreters, see the http://www.courts.ca.gov/2683.htm.
About the Program
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.
While this Extension certificate program 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
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.
Who Can Enroll?
Prospective students must successfully pass a screening test of Spanish and English (monolingual and bi-lingual knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, word usage and reading comprehension. A formal college degree is not required. A pass in the screening test qualifies you to register for the first class, ML790A. During that first quarter - not before it - you complete a a formal admission process, by submitting an application form and either: official college transcripts indicating 54 quarter (36 semester) units of coursework; or else, 2 letters of recommendation indicating practical bilingual experience in the workplace.
The program consists of seven, 4-unit, quarterly courses (28 non-degree credit units in all). The specific content and sequence of the required courses are as follows:
|ML 790A||Contrastive Grammatical Analysis of English and Spanish||4 units|
|ML 790B||Translation and Interpreting: Elements and Methods||4 units|
|ML 791A||Translation and Interpreting for Criminal Law Proceedings||4 units|
|ML 791 B||Translation and Interpreting for Criminal Law Proceedings (Advanced)||4 units|
|ML 792A||Translation and Interpreting for Civil Matters||4 units|
|ML 792 B||Translation and Interpreting for Civil Matters (Advanced)||4 units|
|ML 793||Lab Practicum for Legal Interpreting Exams||4 units|
The cost for each 11-week class is $600, making the total program cost $ 4,200 spread over time. A discount of $50 per class for 'early bird' enrollment can reduce the total cost to $3,850. Textbooks are extra and average about $40 per quarter. The fee for the bilingual screening test is $20.
|ML 795||Advanced Interpreting Review||3 units|
This is class is for program graduates who are preparing for the State exam. The aim is to keep interpreting skills fresh and sharp through scheduled practice and regular feedback from an instructor. This is a 3-unit class. The class may be ' repeated for credit ' up to six times. The class is graded C/ NC (Pass/No Pass) The class is not part of the actual L.I.T Certificate Program, but rather an optional supplement; enrollment is restricted to students who have already completed the Certificate Program. The class runs on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-4:00. It is a 3 unit class. The current cost of the class is $450. It is not eligible for the Early Bird rate.
Courses are scheduled quarterly, including summer quarter, on dates corresponding to the regular CSULA term schedule. None of the courses can be taken concurrently except the last two. Courses meet on weekends to accommodate working students. Classes meet in regular university classrooms on the campus of CSULA.
All courses are taught by adjunct faculty and special lecturers who are bilingual language professionals and represent a range of the interpreting and translation certifications of greatest interest to students, such as CCI (California Court Interpreter), FI (Federal Court Interpreter), CAHI (California Adminstrative Hearings Interpreter) and CT (Certified Translator, American Translators Association).
Come learn about Court Interpreter training in general and about the CSULA program at a free orientation session.
November 23, 2013, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (for students starting in Winter 2014)
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For the building, see "15A" on the south side of campus in this Campus map.
Use Parking Structure "A" - (blue diamond on Campus map.) - buy a ticket ($1/hour) at the yellow machine.
SCREENING TESTYou must take this test of your bilingual skills before you start classes
Test date ahead of Fall 2013 quarter:
- September 7, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Test date ahead of Winter 2014 quarter:
- December 7, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Test date ahead of Spring 2014 quarter:
- March 15, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Test date ahead of Summer 2014 quarter:
- May 31, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration: To take the LIT Screening Test, you must register by 11:00 a.m. on the Friday before the test date. You cannot register at the test itself. The fee is $20. Call (323) 343-4900 to pay by credit card, or, to pay by check or cash, come to campus on a weekday (8-6 Mon-Th., 8-5 Fri) and go to the CESIP Registration Office (USU 105, in the Student Union building).There is no online registration.
Directions: See map and links provided above for "ORIENTATION".
Contacts and links
Request information packet:
Email the LIT Assistant or
call (323) 343-4922
Email Piers Armstrong or
call (323) 343-4917
Call (323) 343-4900 Fax (323) 343-4954
- The form is for registration by mail or fax; it is not required if registering by phone.
- There is no online registration for these classes.