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Language of Justice Institute Court Interpreter Program

Program Overview

The Widener University Delaware Law School Court Interpreter Program is designed for bilingual professionals who are able to fluently speak, read, and write in both English and a second language. Delaware Law seeks to prepare graduates for court interpreter state certification exams and to work in a variety of legal, healthcare, corporate and other professional settings. The increasing demand for trained and qualified bilingual interpreters makes this certificate program one of the most exciting and rewarding accomplishments to emerge in the multicultural workplace. Interpreting and translating are among the fastest growing professions generated by globalization and an increase in the number of non-English speaking people in the United States.

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Courts, collaborated with Delaware Law School to develop this specialized program through a generous grant provided by the State Justice Institute.

Program Details

Courses are designed to offer hands-on practice and exercises in court interpreting, legal terminology, healthcare terminology, and competence and ethics in the interpreting profession. Delaware Law’s college credit certificate program is designed for interpreters and high-level bilingual individuals with an emphasis on specialized skills building training.

To earn a Court Interpreter Certificate students must complete twenty-four (24) credit hours of academic coursework. The program can be completed in one academic year, as a full-time student, by taking two courses in the fall, two courses in the spring, and two courses in summer semester I and summer semester II. Students may also take online or seated courses at an individual pace to complement their professional lifestyle.

Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission, applicants must have either passed an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with a minimum score of "Advanced" according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) or provide documentation of oral proficiency at an equivalent level. (The OPI exam is administered by Language Testing International (LTI) to measure foreign language skills.)

Application Materials due by August 1st

Download the Application (PDF)

  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement regarding choice of Delaware Law’s program and expectations.
  • Official minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency is required.
  • Application fee of $60 (Fee waived if received by July 1st)

Tuition

$499.00 per credit hour, plus fees and costs.

Scholarship

Scholarship Application

Candidates must have applied to the Court Interpreter Program and completed the Scholarship Application Form. Candidacy is based upon demonstration of a financial need and a strong desire to utilize interpreting skills.

Scheduling

Course Descriptions

Online courses are scheduled in the Fall and Spring for a 15-week module, and a final exam in each course. Summer courses are offered in a two accelerated 6-week modules (Summer I and Summer II).

Typical Schedule (Full-Time)

Fall Semester
Introduction to Law 3 credits Seated
Practical Legal Terminology 3 credits Seated and Interpreter Ethics

Spring Semester
Sight Translation 3 credits Seated
Trial Process or Medical Malpractice 3 credits Online

Summer I Session
Consecutive Interpretation 3 credits
Seated Family Law or Health Law 3 credits Online

Summer II Session
Simultaneous Interpretation 3 credits Seated
Criminal Law or Torts 3 credits Online

Total: 24 credits

Why Choose Delaware Law?

  • Widener University ranked in the top 10 on The Wall Street Journal’s list of BEST Philadelphia-area colleges.
  • The International Jurist named Delaware Law School’s LLM degree to 3 impressive lists: Law School Experience, Career Opportunities, and Top Value.
  • Delaware Law School’s paralegal program was ranked among the best in the nation by The News Journal-Delaware Business
  • Widener University Delaware Law School received the “Gavel Award” from the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness in 2008.
  • Personal web-conference sessions with faculty increase students and faculty interaction.
  • Widener University ranks among the top 10 schools in Pennsylvania for online learning according to TheBest Schools.org.
  • We offer competitive tuition and financial aid.
  • Former Vice President, Joseph Biden, taught a constitutional law class as adjunct professor at Delaware Law School for 17 years before joining the Obama administration.

Did You Know?

  • Pennsylvania Law requires Court Interpreters to be “certified” or “otherwise ” To work in Pennsylvania courts, one has to attain certain skills and credentials. A good way to learn such skills, such as the three (3) modes of interpretation (consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation), is to take a course designed just for Court Interpreters.
  • Professionals who are bilingual are in high demand in the legal, medical or other professions, especially areas such as immigration law, family law, health law, and criminal law.
Contact Information

Email: DelawareLawLEI@widener.edu
Phone: 302-477-2045
Fax: 302-477-2067