Students pursuing the Spanish Translation and Interpretation (T&I) degree track may want to add a 10-unit specialization focusing on legal, medical, educational, and social service interpreting to their studies.

About the Specialization

This specialization is designed to complement the T&I degree track with professional and linguistic knowledge needed for the fields of legal, medical, social service and educational interpreting. Courses are offered during the J-term (January) and during an intensive 6-week summer session, culminating in preparation for the court and medical certification exams.

To enroll in the specialization, email Professor Holly Mikkelson.

If you are not enrolled in one of our degree programs, but are interested in this type of professional work, learn more about the Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate program.


January (J-Term) (4 units)

  • Community Interpreting
    History, controlling laws and regulations, professional ethics and standards, role of the interpreter in different settings, client relations, job market. Overview of medical and legal concepts and terminology.

Summer Session (6 units)

  • Written & Sight Translation of Medical Text E><S
    Instructions (prescriptions, pre-op, discharge, etc.), simple consent forms, reports

  • Written & Sight Translation of Legal Texts E><S
    Court forms, reports (police, probation, forensic), instructions, affidavits, complaints, personal documents 
  • Social Services & Education Interpreting E><S
    Consecutive interpreting of interviews, counseling sessions, parent-teacher meetings, simultaneous interpreting of public meetings, consultations, disciplinary hearings
  • Medical Interpreting E><S
    Dialog interpreting of medical encounters, simultaneous interpreting of meetings, consultations, instructional sessions
  • Legal Interpreting E><S
    Consecutive interpreting of interviews and testimony, simultaneous interpreting of arraignments, motions, trial proceedings and testimony 

Certification Exam Prep

  • Part #1 Mock Medical Certification Exam
  • Part #2 Mock Court Certification Exam