Federal Court Interpreter

State and Federal Spanish Court Interpreter certification examinations are rigorous exams that require intensive training and access to practice courses. The Federal Court Interpreter course includes the finest online interpreting laboratory in the market. You will be able to practice numerous court cases as if they were in an actual court proceeding, both at the state and the federal levels.

The material presented in each lecture is immediately practiced in the online laboratory to make sure...

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9 Months / 200 Course Hrs
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES282

What you will learn

  • Understand interpreting techniques - simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation
  • Learn criminal and civil terminology in both Spanish and English and the corresponding transfer into the opposite language
  • Master drug, firearm, fingerprint, gang terminology
  • Study juvenile court and children's court terminology
  • Explore the necessary material to sit in either a State or Federal Spanish Court Interpreter examination
  • Understand courtroom protocol and the ethics of the court interpreter

How you will benefit

  • Develop the skills needed to work as an English to Spanish or Spanish to English translator
  • Gain confidence in your abilities by practicing numerous court cases as if they were in an actual court proceeding, both at the state and the federal levels
  • Understand the legal regulations required to work as a federal court interpreter
  • Become prepared to interpret in any civil deposition and any other legal proceeding in the criminal and in the civil jurisdictions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
  1. Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I
    1. Arraignment
    2. Pre-trial Hearings
    3. Preliminary Hearings
    4. Criminal Terminology
    5. Trials
    6. Sentencing
    7. Progress Reports
    8. Probation Violation Hearings
    9. Colloquialisms
    10. Simultaneous Techniques
    11. Consecutive Techniques
    12. Criminal Offenses in the State Jurisdiction
    13. Interpreting Laboratory Practices
  2. Interpreting Criminal Proceedings II
    1. Misdemeanors in State Court
    2. Felonies in State Court
    3. Waivers and Plea Forms
    4. DUI/DWI – Driving under the influence/Driving while intoxicating
    5. Domestic Violence
    6. Drug Terminology
    7. Drug Possession cases
    8. Firearms Terminology
    9. Fingerprint Terminology
    10. Gang Terminology
    11. Juvenile Court Terminology
    12. Children's Court Terminology
    13. Typical Court Proceedings – Misdemeanors
    14. Typical Court Proceedings – Felonies
    15. Interpreting Laboratory Practices
  3. Advanced Interpreting Techniques in Criminal and Civil Matters
    1. Parties involved in Federal Courts
    2. Federal Crimes
    3. Family Law Court
    4. Probate Court
    5. Contracts Law
    6. Advanced Sight Translations – Federal Level
    7. Advanced Consecutive Techniques
    8. Expert Witness Testimony – DNA
    9. Expert Witness Testimony – Computer Forensics
    10. Differences in the transfer of Criminal and Civil Legal Terminology
    11. Drug Trafficking
    12. Exam-Taking Techniques
  4. Interpreting Laboratory Practices

Nestor Wagner is a certified Court and Medical Interpreter who has been teaching interpreting courses since 1990. He has the highest pass rate of certified court interpreters in the nation. He has published several books in the interpreting community. Mr. Wagner is involved in the examination process for Immigration Interpreters and Analytical Linguists. He participates as speakers in national and international conferences on Criminal, Civil and Immigration Court terminology, advanced interpreting skills, and localization in the transfer of legal and non-legal terminology. Mr. Wagner holds a Master degree from the University of Washington.

Prerequisites:

You must speak English and Spanish fluently. You should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They should be comfortable in a Windows or Mac environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for any State or Federal Certified Spanish Court Interpreter exam.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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