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LI 180   Legal Interpreting Practicum* (2 Hours)

Prerequisites : Selective admissions approval and LI 150 with a grade of "C" or higher and LI 160 with a grade of "C" or higher and LAW 121 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Prerequisites or corequisites: CJ 121 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Students will observe and interpret at assigned legal facilities, participate in class discussions about their interpreting experiences and develop a personal philosophy of interpreting. Both classroom meetings and field work are required for this class. 30 hrs. total field study/semester.

Legal Interpreting Certificate

The Legal Interpreting (LI) certificate is a 20 credit hour program. It is designed to be completed in three semesters, although there is enough flexibility in the curriculum to extend the time period for additional semesters, if the student prefers a slower pace. The program is organized in a progression of courses leading the student from general concepts to increasingly complex skills and knowledge, culminating in a comprehensive skills exam and a professional practicum. It includes seven courses and is designed to give bilingual (English and Spanish) students the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as entry-level interpreters and translators in legal settings, including courts, law offices and similar environments. Employment opportunities may also be available with professional employed freelance interpreters. Although the emphasis of the program is legal interpreting, the skills gained could be applied to other interpreting and translating settings in the community, such as conference interpreting and translation of written documents.