Spanish/English Legal Interpreter Certificate

Enhance your career!  Become a Spanish/English legal interpreter.

The Spanish/English Legal Interpreter Certificate is a 36-hour training program for bilingual individuals who speak English and Spanish and work in the legal field or in a court system. This program prepares you for the State Court Interpretation Certification Test so you can assist Spanish-speaking people communicate during court proceedings.


  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 36 hours / 3.6 CEUs

    Where: UGA's Gwinnett campus

    When: Oct. 17 - Nov. 14, 2015

    Cost: $849 (includes materials)

The program covers:

  • Ethics of Interpreting
  • Legal interpreting terminology in English and Spanish
  • Spanish/English linguistics skills
  • Analysis of the legal environment and issues regarding Latinos/Hispanics
  • Development of integrated interpreter skills
  • Understanding the cultural aspects of the Latino/Hispanic community. 

Job Outlook: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, interpreters and translations can expect much faster than average employment growth over the next decade due to the increase in the number of foreign language speakers in the United States and the broadening of international ties.

Who Should Attend?

  • Paralegals, administrative assistants, front office staff, receptionists, social workers, etc. who are bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Interpreters and translators currently employed in the legal field or court systems
  • Independent interpreters
  • Interpreters with other interpreting credentials, such as those who have completed the Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate Program or the Professional Interpreter in Education Certificate Program
  • Individuals seeking employment in the legal field or in court systems
  • Individuals seeking their first professional interpreting certificate

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Saturday, November 14, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (October 17, 24 and 31, 2015)
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (November 7 and 14, 2015)
Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 

$849 (Fee includes all course materials)

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing the course.

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:

To receive the Certificate of Program Completion the following is required:

  • Attendance at all 5 classes
  • Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments  
  • Receive a final cumulative score of 70% or better for combined pre and post-test grades
  • The State of Georgia test is a separate process, time and fee. The University of Georgia program is a preparatory program only.

Note: A college level language proficiency in both English and Spanish is strongly recommended for those seeking to take the course

Marilu Montalvo attended the Universidad of Puerto Rico and has a graduate certification in translation and interpretation from Georgia State University. She is a State Registered Court Interpreter and trained medical interpreter. Currently, Montalvo is an Aging Specialist and is working as the Recreation and Maintenance Department Administrative Manager with the Board of Commissioners of Rockdale County, Georgia, and was the state coordinator for the Hispanic Outreach Program for the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute. 

There is no prerequisite other than you must consider yourself bilingually (Spanish/English) proficient. Should you not meet the language requirement, no refund of previously paid course fee will be given. Contact the Professional and Personal Development office for more details.

Performance CDs and the manuals will be furnished. You will be expected to bring your preferred type of technology to record your voice when listening to the curriculum CDs.