Legal Court Interpreter - Spanish (Basic)

Hours: 70 / Access Length: 8 Weeks / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $1,195.00

Course Overview:

The Legal Court Interpreter – Spanish (Basic) course prepares aspiring bilinguals approach the career of legal interpretation equipped with fundamental skills and knowledge.  Students are expected to be fully bilingual in both languages.  The Basic course has been designed for those aspiring interpreters who are preparing to start their career in the field of legal interpretation. To achieve a necessary level of qualification to practice the profession, further training is highly recommended. The large portion of the Basic course is dedicated to stages of criminal procedures to emulate the approach of the Consortium and the Federal Interpreter Program.

Course Outline:

Fundamental Legal Concepts:
  • The Interpreter Role in the U.S. Justice System
  • Fundamental Concepts of the U.S. Legal System
Types of Crimes and Stages of Criminal Procedure:
  • Stages of the Criminal Justice System: Overview
  • Types of Crimes: A to Z
  • Crime, Investigation, Arrest, Booking
  • First appearance; Disposition of Cases Other than by Trial
  • Preliminary Hearing, Grand Jury, Arraignment on Indictment/Information, Pre-Trial Procedures
  • Trial: Jury Selection; Opening Statements; Presentation of Evidence
  • Trial: Examination of Witnesses; Objections, Rebuttal and Sur-Rebuttal; Closing Arguments
  • Trial: Jury Instructions; Deliberations; Verdict
  • Sentencing; Appeal; Corrections; Probation and Parole; the Writ of Habeas Corpus
Court Interpreter Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice:
  • Overview of the Enacted Codes of Ethics for Court Interpreters
  • Case Study: Arraignment Hearing ( Video Vignette)
Interpretation Theory:
  • Overview of Interpretation Modes
  • Taking Care of Your Voice
  • Taking Care of your Body and Coping with Stress
Skill-Building Practical Exercises:

Students will complete 10 interpretation exercises that have been designed to develop their simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation interpretation skills as well as 8 terminology audio drills.

The course includes: 17 chapters; 10 quizzes; 10 glossaries; 1 video; the Initial Interpretation Performance Evaluation Test; multiple interpretation exercises and terminology drills, including 2 exercises to be evaluated by the instructor. Students must read chapters, review supplemental reading materials, watch the video, complete quizzes, practice interpretation exercises and terminology drills, develop and study glossaries, take the Initial Interpretation Performance Evaluation Test, study and implement feedback provided by the language-specific instructor after submission of the assigned exercises.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **