Legal Interpreter Training

Most frequently asked questions for our Legal and Court Interpreter Training Program:

1) Is there any demand for court/legal interpreters in today's job market?

Job Outlook:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment growth will be driven by increasing globalization and by large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.

(Bureu of labor statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook)

2) What are the job prospects for legal/court interpreters?

Students who complete our Legal Interpreter Training program and successfully pass the Final Assessment Test will receive a Certificate of Completion of a Legal Interpreter Training Program that will allow them to apply for legal interpreter positions with law offices, police departments, INS, Department Of Social Services and other organizations.

They will be able to interpret for lawyers and their clients, legal meetings, pretrial hearings and depositions.

If students want to become certified court interpreters they need to take the State Court Interpretation Certification Test.

Our program provides students with the knowledge and skills that they need to take the Certification Exam at the Office of Court Interpreter Services (OCIS) of the Trial Court of Massachusetts as a requirement for earning their Certified Legal Interpreter credential.

After completing our training students will be prepared and equipped to take that exam.

As a certified interpreter they will be able to assist people with limited English proficiency who come before the Courts in the state of Massachusetts.

3) How much does the training cost?

The total cost of the 7-week 45-hour program including materials and the Final Test is $790 ($50 non-refundable registration fee and $740 course fee).

After we receive your application and your $50.00 registration fee, we will schedule the phone Language Assessment test with you.

If accepted, participants are required to submit $740 course fee and a signed Student Participation Agreement prior to the first class. You can pay with a check, credit card or cash

4) When will the next session start?

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5) Where will the course be held?

Our course location is subject to change.

Please check our home page to see the updated location address for the upcoming session.

6) How can I register for the Legal Interpreter Training course?

STEP 1

Pre-register on our website to reserve a seat in the course and pay $50 registration fee online.

Since space in the training program is limited and is filling up quickly, we recommend early registration. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the course is full.

STEP 2

After you register online and pay a $50 registration fee a language coach will contact you to schedule a 15-min Language Assessment Test with you on the phone. All the tests are usually scheduled 2 weeks before the course starts.

STEP 3

If you pass the test you will need to pay the course fee. You can pay online, send us a check or a money order for $740 to our office address (below) or call the office to pay with a credit card on the phone.

Office Address:

Legal Interpreter Training Program

Language Connections LLC

2001 Beacon Street, Suite 105

Boston, MA 02135

7) Who should attend this training?

  • - Fluency and proficiency in written and oral English;
  • - Fluency and proficiency in at least one other language besides English;
  • - High School diploma or equivalent;
  • - Successful completion of language assessment Pre-test;
  • - Ability to communicate effectively.

 

8) Who is going to teach this course?

All our trainers are professional interpreters with years of experience. They are all native speakers of the target language.

9) What happens if I fail the Language Assessment Pre-test?

In order to attend the course you have to be able to speak fluently English and the Target language and you have to pass the test. If you don't pass it this time, you can register for the next session and try to pass it again.

10) Are all languages offered in every session?

Not every language is offered at a specific session. We require a minimum of five participants in a language group in order to offer the course in that language.

11) Will I receive a Certificate after the training?

If you attend all the classes, complete the program and successfully pass the Final Assessment Test you will receive a Certificate of Completion of a Legal Interpreter Training Program.

Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills that you need to take the Certification Exam at the Office of Court Interpreter Services (OCIS) of the Trial Court of Massachusetts as a requirement for earning your Certified Legal Interpreter credential.

After completing our training you will be prepared and equipped to take that exam.

 

12) Do you offer any financial aid?

Sorry, we do not offer any financial aid. All students are required to pay the full fee prior to the first class.

13) Can you help me get a job?

No, we do not provide job placement services.

However, because we are a Language Agency and provide language services, we often get requests from our clients and lawyers for legal interpreters and we usually recommend our best students.

14) Can I get a Certificate in 2 languages?

Yes, but not at the same time, because you won't be able to sit in two language groups at the same time. You can choose one language, complete your program and then take only the language Part of the program with the next course to get a Certificate in the second language. You won't have to pay the same price again, the course fee in this case will be prorated for you.

 

15) Can you help me get a student visa?

Sorry, we can't help you get a visa. Our course is a part time program and you need to be a full time student to be able to get a student visa.

16) Can I take the Legal Interpreter training online without attending classes?

No, unfortunately you can’t. The Legal Interpreter Training is not available online because Legal/Court interpretation is a skill that is applied in oral communication and you can't study it remotely.

 

17) What does the program cover?

The program covers:

  • - Ethics of Interpreting
  • - Legal Interpreting terminology in English and the target language
  • - Analysis of the legal environment and legal issues
  • - Development of consecutive interpreting skills
  • - Development of simultaneous interpreting skills
  • - Understanding the cultural aspects of bilingual communities.

The course concludes with a written test covering legal knowledge, interpreting protocols, and essential terminology, as well as an oral exam to evaluate interpreting ability. Students must attain a score of 75% or better on both exams in order to receive a certificate.