Legal Interpreting FAQ's
What is the TransFluenciEDU Legal Interpreting for Hearings course?
The course is open to interpreters of all languages who have either passed an interpreter training course of at least 40 hours and/or someone who has worked as an interpreter in any setting for at least 2 years. The course provides an opportunity for interpreters to explore the legal field.
What does the course cover?
The course covers the most common and in-demand types of legal hearings, namely due process hearings for schools, depositions and unemployment hearings. The student will learn legal terminology and will practice via role plays.
Who should take the legal hearings interpreting course?
Anyone who would like to expand their interpreting skills and move into the legal field.
What is the employment outlook for legal interpreters?
Employment outlook is very good. The interpreter can work remotely or in person at lawyer’s offices for depositions, unemployment hearings and due process hearings for school districts.
Where are legal interpreters typically employed?
They are employed by law offices or can work as contracted interpreters for any employment agency or as a remote interpreter through VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) or OPI (Over the Phone Interpreting).
Where is the course offered?
The course is offered in collaboration with community colleges in Massachusetts. See our Educational Partners page for a list of our partner community colleges.
When is it offered?
The course is offered online three times per year spring, summer and fall. See our Educational Partners page for upcoming schedule.
What is the cost?
The cost varies depending on the college, but typically the cost ranges from $1,045 to $1,077. See Educational Partners page for pricing. The price includes all materials.
How long is the course?
This is a 48-hour course and runs for 8 weeks.
When will I receive the certificate?
Upon successful completion of the course, the community college will mail your certificate of completion to you.
Who teaches the course?
Instructors for the course are experienced legal interpreters who have been working in the field for many years and are experienced at training new interpreters.
How do you register for the course?
You can contact the community college where you want to take the course. Many colleges offer online registration. A telephone interview to determine experience and/or training is required before acceptance into the course. See our Educational Partners page to select a community college near you.