Required Courses

Federal Court Interpreter Program

This 9-month program will provide you with the legal terminology and interpreting skills required to work as a federal court interpreter.

The following 5 courses must be successfully completed with a grade of 70% or better in order to receive a Certificate of Completion in the Federal Court Interpreter Program.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I - $598.00

This course introduces the general criminal terminology, in Spanish and English, used in criminal court. Typical proceedings, such as arraignments, pre-trial hearings, preliminary hearings, and trials are also introduced. The concept of register in the transfer along with colloquialisms and slangs are part of this course. Typical legal and non-legal false cognates are also presented in this course. Consecutive techniques leading to a maximum of 40 terms per segment are presented during this course. Simultaneous techniques leading to a maximum of 140 words per minute are introduced.  This course consists of 27 hours of instruction, five quizzes, one midterm, one final examination, and two over-the-phone assessments. It also includes access to our Online Interpreting Laboratory.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings II - $598.00

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of the Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I course with a grade of 70% or better.

This is a continuation of the Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I course. This course covers all the proceedings available in Criminal Court including the forms used in each proceeding. Some of the forms covered in this course include: misdemeanor plea forms, misdemeanor sentencing forms, probation and sentencing memorandum, and felony plea forms. All the forms are translated into Spanish. The proceedings included in this course include: change of plea, probation violations, plea in misdemeanor and felony cases, progress reports, readiness conferences, and time waivers. Juvenile and family law proceedings are also presented. Specialized vocabulary in drugs, fingerprints, gang terminology, jury instructions, and weapons is introduced. Consecutive techniques leading to a maximum of 90 terms per segment are presented. Simultaneous techniques leading to a maximum speed of 200 words per minute are also part of this course.  This course consists of 27 hours of instruction, two quizzes, one midterm, one final examination, and two over-the-phone assessments. It also includes access to our Online Interpreting Laboratory.

Sight Translation for Court Interpreters - $598.00

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of the Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I course with a grade of 70% or better.

This course discusses the translation principles of localization/normalization, re-structuring, stability in the transfer and interferences. Techniques to stabilize the transfer and to properly re-structure the rendition into the target language are presented. Sight translations into both directions – Spanish and English are part of this course. Sight readings include police reports, probation reports, custody matters, family law disputes, birth and death certificates, letters written by attorneys, court orders, sworn statements, and original documents from Mexico and Central America.  This course consists of 27 hours of instruction, one midterm, one final examination, and two over-the-phone assessments. It also includes access to our Online Interpreting Laboratory.

Interpreting Civil Proceedings - $598.00

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of the Sight Translation for Court Interpreters course with a grade of 70% or better.

This course covers family law proceedings, such as petition for dissolution of marriage actions, custody of the minors, visitation rights, domestic violence, restraining orders, civil harassment orders, conservatorship, and emancipation of minors. Furthermore, this course includes unlawful detainers, probate proceedings, contract law, corporate law, malpractice, and personal injury actions. The protocol for depositions and the instructions to deponents are part of this course.  This course consists of 27 hours of instruction, one midterm, one final examination, and two over-the-phone assessments. It also includes access to our Online Interpreting Laboratory.

Advanced Interpreting Techniques in Civil and Criminal Matters - $598.00

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of the Sight Translation for Court Interpreters course with a grade of 70% or better.

This course includes legal terminology and offenses corresponding to Federal Court. Indictments, superseding indictments, federal plea agreements, racketeering, inside trading, interstate shipment, drug trafficking, trademarks, copyrights, corporate law and probate are some of the documents and cases included in this course.  Expert witness testimony in weapons, firearms, bladed weapons, typewriters, DNA, fingerprints, and drugs are also part of this course.  Mock examinations at the level of the Federal Court Interpreter Examination are presented throughout the duration of this course. Exam taking techniques are also introduced in this course. Consecutive techniques leading to segments of 120 terms are introduced.  Simultaneous techniques leading to a speed of 200 words per minute, including simultaneous practices of expert witness testimony, are also introduced in this course.  This course consists of 27 hours of instruction, one final examination, and two over-the-phone assessments. It also includes access to our Online Interpreting Laboratory.


"This is to advise that I PASSED the Federal Oral Examination and that is thanks to your fine program". - M. Foraker

 

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