Spanish/English Interpretation

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College of Extended Learning

Spanish/English Interpretation (Legal/Court)

SF State Downtown Center
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: 415-817-4299
Program Director: Eric Bishop
Program Coordinator: Baseemah Rahman

Program Scope

This program is designed to develop the interpreting skills necessary for service in the courts, in state agencies, and in the medical evaluation system of workers’ compensation. It is specifically designed to prepare participants to pass the California Court Interpreter Exam. The program faculty are state-certified interpreters.


Faculty members are all adjunct instructors who are state court interpreters.

Career Outlook

Certified Spanish/English interpreters are in heavy demand in California. Interpreter examinations are mandated for employment in courts and state agencies. Once an interpreter passes the California Court Interpreter Exam, s/he will be able to work in the state courts and freelance for state agencies, health organizations, private companies, law firms, and interpreting agencies. Many attorneys in private practice now use only certified court interpreters for depositions, personal injury, and workers' compensation cases.

Certificate in Spanish/English Interpretation (Legal/Court)

Admission to the Program

Admission requirements are 56 units of prior semester units (B.A. preferred) and a passing score in the SF State Bilingual Entrance Exam. To register for the Bilingual Entrance exam, use the Web site and go to "Online Test Registration."

There are six core courses and two elective courses. For complete course descriptions, contact the program coordinator or go to

Spanish/English Interpretation, Certificate

Core Courses

MLL 400Introduction to Interpreting3
MLL 401Sight Translation3
MLL 403Consecutive Interpretation I3
MLL 405Consecutive Interpretation II3
MLL 407Simultaneous Interpretation I3
MLL 409Simultaneous Interpretation II3


MLL 9915 Advanced Interpreting & Oral Exam Prep
Select one course in consultation with an advisor