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.
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.
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.)
$499.00 per credit hour, plus fees and costs.
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.
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).
Introduction to Law 3 credits Seated
Practical Legal Terminology 3 credits Seated and Interpreter Ethics
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