Legal Interpreter Training Application is now closed.
What is Project CLIMB's legal interpreter training program?
In a facilitated community of learning, practitioners will work through a dynamic, interactive, and bilingual (ASL & English) asynchronous online training curriculum for legal interpreters. The curriculum provides the legal foundation needed for ASL/English interpreters in the legal specialty. The training includes a structure and approach to talking about the work and supporting colleagues in their professional growth. The curriculum is broken down into modules that cover a wide range of topics, that result in a comprehensive training for project participants.
This innovative and exciting project serves to increase the number of interpreters of color and/or interpreters of heritage signing backgrounds by creating career paths for specialization in legal interpreting for practitioners from these underrepresented communities.
Participation is open to any interpreter that meets the minimum criteria outlined below. Applications are being accepted to ensure that communities of learning include individuals with diverse backgrounds. Project CLIMB's communities of learning will focus on individuals who are prepared and ready to commit to an intensive online training program.
About the program
Part 1: Onsite
This training is scheduled to kick off after the on-site training, Shifting Perspectives: Navigating the Legal System Through Deaf Eyes, May 30 - June 1, 2019, on campus at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Information can be found here.
Project CLIMB participants will remain on campus to receive a day-long orientation to the Legal Interpreter Training Communities of Learning on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Attendance and participation in the training and orientation is required; schedule conflicts will be considered on an individual basis.
Part 2: Online
Starting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, participate in an online community of learning that offers a dynamic, bilingual curriculum designed for interpreters working in legal and court settings. The Project CLIMB training curriculum focuses on legal systems foundational knowledge, interpreting in the legal system, and techniques and approaches to talking about your work with colleagues. The online training program will continue through June 2020. Participation in the online curriculum of the training is expected to take an average of 5-7 hours per week. A majority of the training is conducted asynchronously with communities of learning engaging in synchronous video conferencing at regular intervals (schedule TBD).
Part 3: Induction
Participants who successfully complete the training may be selected to move into a supervised induction experience in their home community or a community that is able to support an induction experience.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you have questions about the application process, please see if you are able to find your answer below. We will continue adding to this page, addressing questions as they come up.