Legal Interpreter Training Program
Do you want specialty training to prepare yourself for work as an interpreter in court and other legal settings?
Do you want more training to improve your current work as an interpreter in court and other legal settings?
If yes, then Project CLIMB is looking for you!
What is Project CLIMB's Legal Interpreter Training (LIT) program?
In a facilitated community of learning (COL), participants 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 and quality of interpreters in legal settings. Additionally, the project aims 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: On-site
The on-site orientation will be held on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, Colorado from (Thursday - Sunday) May 28th - May 31st, 2020.
- Thursday, May 28th, 5pm MST - Kick off Welcome (dinner included)
- Friday, May 29th, 9am-7pm MST - Orientation
- Saturday, May 30th, 9am-7pm MST - Orientation
- Sunday, May 31st, 9am-11:30am MST - Wrap up (brunch included)
Attendance and participation in ALL portions of the on-site orientation are required.
Part 2: Online
Immediately following the on-site orientation, participate in an online COL that offers a dynamic, bilingual curriculum designed for interpreters working in legal and court settings.
The Project CLIMB training curriculum focuses on:
- foundational knowledge of legal systems,
- interpreting in the legal system, and
- techniques and approaches to talking about your work with colleagues.
The online training program will continue through February 2021. Participation in the online curriculum is expected to take an average of 15-20 hours per week.
This is an online, bilingual (ASL, English) training program, and a majority of the training is conducted asynchronously using Canvas Learning Management System and GoReact. COL also engage in required, synchronous (real-time) video conferencing 2-3 times a month.
Part 3: Experience
Participants who successfully complete the training may be selected to move into a supervised induction / mentoring / supervision experience.
Want to apply for the LIT Program?
Recruitment is now open for participants to join our communities of learning focused on interpreting in court and legal settings.
This application should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
Sunday, March 8, 2020 by 9pm MST. No applications will be accepted after this time.