This training for lawyers, paralegals and other legal service providers is designed to enable you to communicate more effectively through interpreters when delivering legal services to clients who are not proficient in English.

It is a self-directed five-module course that will take approximately three hours to complete. Successful participants receive a certificate.

accreditation logoFor lawyers and paralegals: This course contains 1 Professionalism Hour. This course is also eligible for up to 1 hr 45 min Substantive Hours.

Once you enrol, you have 6 weeks of course access to complete the course.

Topics covered:

  • understanding language interpretation and its value to legal service delivery
  • the risks and challenges of untrained interpretation
  • how to identify effective interpretation
  • how to work with a trained interpreter
  • how to access a trained interpreter
  • remote interpretation
  • sight translation

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation contains narrated presentations, short videos, downloadable resources, and question and answer activities. Your progress is evaluated at the end of each module with a short quiz. To access the next module, you must achieve 70% on each quiz.

Equipment requirements:

  • Computer or tablet with sound card and speakers or headphones
  • Internet connection - presentations and video are best viewed with high speed internet; however, transcripts are provided

You may log out of the course at any time and return at a later date. The course is most successfully completed in two or three sittings.

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation was created on behalf of the Ontario Network of Language Interpreter Services (ONLIS), in partnership with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, an ONLIS member, and Springtide Resources. The project is financially supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) through the Access to Justice Fund.

This course is designed for experienced spoken language interpreters working in Ontario, Canada.

It provides:

  • an overview of the Canadian legal system
  • information on criminal, family (relevant to Ontario only) and immigration law
  • information on administrative tribunals
  • exercises on vocabulary, understanding processes and concepts
  • interpretation and sight translation exercises
  • quizzes and assessments to test your knowledge and understanding

This is a self-directed course. Once you register for the course, you will have 3 months access. It takes 25-35 hours to complete and can be conducted at any time from any computer or tablet with internet connection. For optimum learning we strongly encourage participants to spread out the content over five or more days.

Successful participants receive a certificate. This course has been approved by the OCCI for 25 hours of Professional Development Units (PDUs).

This is advanced training for interpreters. The course assumes that participants have already successfully completed one of the following interpreter training courses:

  • Core Interpreter Training for Spoken Language Interpreters offered by any of the ONLIS members
  • Language Interpreter Training Course (LITC) offered by colleges in Ontario – at least Course 1-4

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation does not focus on basic interpreting competencies but provides additional information to assist spoken language interpreters in working effectively in legal settings.

Equipment requirements:

  • Computer or tablet with sound card and speakers or headphones
  • Medium to high-speed internet connection - presentations and video are best viewed with high speed internet. Transcripts are provided.
  • Recording device, such as smartphone or other recorder for interpretation exercises
  • Access to printer - note that you can access your account for this course from any internet-enabled computer in order to download and print documents

Interpreters associated with ONLIS members may be able to access equipment at these organizations. Contact your local ONLIS organization.

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation was created on behalf of the Ontario Network of Language Interpreter Services (ONLIS), in partnership with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, an ONLIS member, and Springtide Resources. The project is financially supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) through the Access to Justice Fund. The course content was developed by Donna Joyette, Caroline Kim and Jennifer Pollock.