Degrees & Certificates
Legal interpreters are bilingual individuals who interpret in legal settings for persons whose primary language is not English.
For those involved in a legal proceeding, communication is vital, and legal interpreters ensure justice is served by bridging language barriers.
Bilingual students who are fluent in both English and Spanish can earn a Legal Interpreting Certificate from Waubonsee—the only one of its kind in the region—and be part of an important process.
Studying Legal Interpreting at Waubonsee
The Legal Interpreting courses are designed to develop knowledge and expertise in two key areas: interpretation skills and best practices, and essential aspects of the judicial system.
Upon graduation, students can expect to possess a sound comprehension of ethics and legal vocabulary, accurately interpret with an effective rendition of cultural nuances, and polish critical interpreting skills through professional development activities.
This program is designed to prepare the student state certification with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC), including the oral and written exam.
Working in Legal Interpretation
Legal interpreters are critical in a variety of settings, including local and state courts, law practices and community offices, and may work in full-time or freelance roles before, during and after court cases.
The need for legal interpreters continues to grow, making it both a promising and rewarding career path.