Legal Interpreter Training Program

The Legal Interpreter Training Program (LITP) is a 4-semester program of specialized coursework designed for ASL-English interpreters who wish to work in the legal system of the United States. This specialized course of study is taught by nationally known experts in legal interpreting. It will prepare interpreters to meet the court interpreter standards of many states. The program includes three knowledge courses addressing principles and protocol associated with interpreting in the legal system, and Civil and Criminal Law. The fourth course develops a range of interpreting necessary for working in this demanding and high-risk setting. It includes a 55 hour supervised practicum in courtroom settings.

Interpreters accepted into the LITP coursework will gain a max of 15 undergraduate or graduate credits from the University of Northern Colorado and RID members can earn a max of 22.5 CEUs. Students will earn a program certificate after successfully completing all coursework.

  • The LITP is a certificate program run through the UNC Extended Campus. While students will earn college credit, it is NOT a degree program. As such, applicants do NOT need to apply to the University or the Graduate School. Applying through the MARIE Center is the only requirement!

Previously accepted students to the program – whose studies were interrupted and/or did not complete all the classes - may take the classes they need as they are offered within the sequence. Contact the MARIE Coordinator for information about rejoining the program.

Course Title Course Dates Applicaiton Deadline
INTR 480/580 – Overview of Interpreting in the American Legal System (4 credit hours - Knowledge Based)
Fall 2015
8/24/2015 - 12/11/2015
INTR 481/581 – Introduction to Civil Litigation (3 credit hours - Knowledge Based)
Spring 2016
1/11/2016 - 5/6/2016
INTR 482/582 – Introduction to Criminal Law (4 credit hours - Knowledge Based)
Fall 2016
8/22/2016 - 12/9/2015
INTR 483/583 – Skills Development for Interpreting in the Legal Context (4 credit hours - Skilled Based)
Spring 2017
1/9/2017 - 5/5/2017


Out of State Applicants Please Note:

Recent changes in federal regulations relating to our ability to deliver online education have uncovered onerous application and fee requirements from a few states. As a result, at this time, the University of Northern Colorado is unable to accept applications for admission to online courses or programs from students residing in the following states:

Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tennessee. 

Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.

For more information, click on this link: Eligibility by State