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Legal/Court Interpretation

College of Extended Learning
Dean: Peter Dewees

Legal/Court Interpretation Program (Spanish/English)
SFSU Downtown Center
425 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Program Director: Lee Gallery


Certificate in Legal/Court Interpretation (Spanish/English)

Program Scope

This program, first offered in the Spring 1992 semester, is designed to develop language skills necessary for performance as a Spanish/English interpreter in the legal field for service in the courts, administrative hearings, and in the private sector. It is specifically aimed at assisting participants to pass the state court certification examination.


Faculty are all adjunct instructors who are certified state and federal court interpreters.

Career Outlook

Certified Spanish/English interpreters are in heavy demand in the courts and administrative agencies at the county, state, and federal levels. Interpreters are self-employed and contract with courts and agencies for specific cases. In addition, law firms and corporations doing business abroad often use certified interpreters on a free-lance basis.


Admission to the Program

Admission requirements are 56 units of prior semester units (B.A. preferred) and a high level of bilingual/biliterate ability. A written test is required before admission.

All courses are required; there are no electives. For complete course descriptions, contact the program director.


FL 9901		Introduction to Legal/Court Interpreting (Spanish/English)
FL 401		Sight Translation
FL 403		Consecutive Interpretation I
FL 405		Consecutive Interpretation II (with laboratory)
FL 407		Simultaneous Interpretation I
FL 409		Simultaneous Interpretation II (with laboratory)
Courses are offered in the evenings and may be offered on Saturdays, as well.

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