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Legal Interpreter

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Legal Interpreter

This course is for individuals interested in using their fluent English/Spanish skills, excellent short-term memory and note-taking skills in a courtroom setting, assisting individuals in court cases, or working with the legal profession. The certificate program will help prepare you for the Georgia Court Interpreters Certification.

Students will be introduced to Hispanic cultural appreciation, idioms and regional dialect adaptions, along with ways to brush up on their 2nd language skills. We also provide information on how to present yourself professionally, tips on marketing, state and local business requirements, good tax and accounting practices, and more.

Legal Interpreter

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Prerequisite

Near-native fluency in the target language. High School Diploma or equivalent. Eighteen years or older. Submit a completed Interpreter Written Assessment, and Program Application. Instructions for taking the Oral Assessment follow if you pass the Written Assessment. For those whose scores do not qualify them for this program, we offer a Heritage Spanish (native speakers) and a Spanish Series Two course for remediation. No legal background is necessary. Computer and Internet access are required to participate in this course.

The Interpreter Written Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here.

What You’ll Learn
  • Interpreting skills (consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, and sight translation)
  • Legal terminology – language-specific legal terms and expressions
  • Basic court room procedures and protocols; understanding of the judicial system and common focus of court assignments (including required observations of local courts)
  • Participate in shadowing, interviews, and courtroom simulations
  • Ethics and roles of the interpreter within the judicial system
Certified Georgia Court Interpreter

To become certified as a court interpreter in the state of Georgia you must pass the state’s requirements, including a written assessment, an oral assessment, and a background check. For more information on the certification program in Georgia, please see the website.

Top 10 Advantages of the Program:
  1. Taught by an expert instructor with high-level bilingual fluency
  2. Practice interpreting during the majority of your 12-week schedule
  3. Saturday classes: Fits with your schedule and leaves time on the weekend
  4. Learn vocabulary, cultural norms, and protocols of various legal settings
  5. 5 years’ experience offering interpreter courses
  6. Online resources available before, during and after class.
  7. Completing the observations in this course is a requirement for state certification
  8. Free 1-day course on how to set up your interpreter business for success and tips on networking and growing your career
  9. Free parking, modern classrooms and computer labs
  10. The quality and reputation of KSU on your certificate
Financing Options
  • Interest-free payment plans available on a case-by-case basis
  • Continuing education loans
Get in Touch

For more information, email languages@kennesaw.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

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$45,430

The median annual wage for interpreters and translators was $45,430 in May 2012.

46 percent

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.