Basic 3-Unit Course

Basic 3-Unit Course is a brief overview of court interpreting and provides theoretical and practical training for aspiring and professional legal interpreters. Each unit in the course contains a section on:

– Criminal Procedures
– Legal Concepts
– Special Topic
– Interpreter Ethics
– Interpretation Theory
– Interpretation Practice Exercises

With this course, students will be able to:

1. Expand their knowledge of the U.S. legal system.

2. Build an extensive base of ready-to-use linguistic equivalents of legal and special terminology.

3. Improve their interpretation skills with the help of an instructor. (Package 3)

The Basic 3-Unit Course is offered in the following three packages.

Length of access: 6 weeks (Packages 1 & 2) , 9 weeks (Package 3)

Feedback from interpreters who took this course

“My two instructors were wonderful! They helped me in every way they could. They answered all my questions and guided me. I learned a lot from both of them. Really great teachers!”
Deborah Peterson
“I have learned a lot in a short period of time. I am grateful to the language-specific instructor who reviewed my assignments. I found the price affordable and the online course convenient. I could not find anywhere a school offering interpretation courses that focus on my language pair English-French (not theory classes but practice), only Spanish! I am looking forward to taking more courses!”
Linda Gueye
“LEO has guided me through the A to Z I needed to pursue a career as an interpreter. The contents of the Basic Course enabled me to have a full understanding of the skill needed for this amazing profession. It is a very carefully crafted course with an enormous attention to detail. I immediately noticed a great amount of care and dedication from the individuals behind it. LEO wants you to learn and succeed and to be able to handle the situations that you will encounter (trust me, you will) during your professional endeavors. I can’t emphasize enough the valuable preparation acquired, and the confidence I gained which allowed me to accept the challenge of the State Certification test just a few weeks after course completion. But above all the enormous dedication of the LEO instructors, because during my moments of frustration they always showed me nothing but support, guidance and infinite patience. Thank you all so much.”
Rosa Bassett
"It has been a pleasure working with all of you, a very satisfying experience which did not lack in personal attention. Professionally, I know that I have made big progress, and I have advantage compared to my fellow interpreters who sometimes are “thrown into the courtroom” without being properly prepared for that. Personally, I also gained great confidence in my abilities. German is unfortunately not one of the most demanded languages in the courtroom, which makes it difficult to acquire sufficient courtroom experience. I congratulate the entire team on the success of your online program. It is a very thorough, thought through and compact program which is a great asset for everybody who takes the interpreter profession seriously and who wants to step up to a different level."
Gabriela Jenicek
“The meeting on SKYPE with instructor went very well. We went over the CI and the ST tests and discussed my errors in detail. We focused on translating properly idiomatic expressions and clarified several court procedures which allow for a better understanding of the legal concept and terminology. We also had some time to discuss the tests scoring system and the career of an interpreter. It was a very beneficial meeting and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to be corrected and advised by someone with so much experience in the same target language. The course has been a great experience and gave me a great idea of what it takes and what is the best approach to trying to become an interpreter. It was a pleasure working with your whole staff, everyone was very professional and hands on. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some great news in the future and hope to work with you again soon. Thank you very much for setting this class up for me, it was worth every penny!”
Ania D.

*If you do not see your language in the drop-down menu, it is due to lack of demand. We can upgrade the course with your language after you made the purchase. Please keep in mind that this upgrade can take up to 2-3 weeks.

**ASL interpreters take LEO courses without instructor evaluation, on a self-assessment basis.

***Our office hours are Mon-Fri from 9 AM to 5 PM, and enrollment in courses is done manually. We try to accommodate all after hours requests, but if you purchase the course over the weekend, you might need to wait till Monday to get enrolled.

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