Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding legal and court interpretation career.
As the population of Texas grows and becomes more culturally diverse, the demand for professional legal interpreters is also growing. The Legal Interpreter Certificate Program at UT Austin's Center for Professional Education (CPE) offers a comprehensive, language-neutral legal interpreter program which trains you not only for the certification exam but for the legal interpreter profession. With a 40-hour program that exceeds the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) minimum requirements, you are provided with high-quality and flexible instruction, networking opportunities and engaging experiences which prepare you to enter the legal-interpreting workforce.
All instructors are Master Licensed Court Interpreters, with vast knowledge and experience in court interpreting.
- Bilingual individuals with highly-proficient written and verbal language skills in English and another spoken language who desire employment in the legal system
- Anyone with interpreting experience who lacks a license and would like to prepare to take the JBCC exam in order to become a Licensed Court Interpreter in Texas
- Attorneys that speak more than one language and would like to learn more about laws and regulations that govern court interpreting or improve their interpreting skills
- Legal assistants and paralegals that are bilingual and are often asked to interpret in their workplace, but lack the knowledge and skills required to interpret professionally
- Understand fundamental tasks that are performed by legal interpreters such as interpreting for depositions, attorney-client interviews and police interviews.
- Understand federal and state regulations that govern the profession, and the consequences of infringing these laws.
- Become familiar with and learn to abide by the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Judiciary.
- Learn how to interact with staff and members of the judiciary when interpreting in a court setting.
The minimum requirement for this program is a High School Diploma. A High School or GED diploma are acceptable proofs of general education.
Students must possess advance written and oral proficiency in English and another spoken language. To be eligible to participate, students wishing to enroll in the Legal Interpreter Certificate Program must provide documentation related to their English and non-English linguistic proficiency. We offer a variety of ways for you to share this information with us. Please explore our Linguistic Proficiency Policy for requirements and deadlines.
Students who do not fulfill the language proficiency requirement by the dates listed will be dropped from the course.
Students must also have good computer skills, as the course is offered online, and assignments will require knowledge of Word and Excel.
The course requires a computer with a broadband internet connection, a webcam, headphones, microphone, pen and paper.
This course has been approved by the Judiciary Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) as a Pre-License Orientation course. In order to obtain full credit and a certificate of accomplishment to be presented to the JBCC, students must complete all ten online modules and attend all ten classroom sessions.
This is a Canvas-based program.