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Legal Interpreting Skills

Court experiences can be stressful. Learn what to do as an interpreter

The purpose of this course is to equip practitioners who have some experience in interpreting with legal interpreting skills, as well as to enhance their knowledge of law theory as it relates to the South African legal context. Legal interpreting is a complex process that requires specialised training in interpreting techniques, litigation tactics, legal language and the legal system.

Upcoming course: 01 October - 25 November 2021

Registration Closes: 27 September 2021 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic upcoming courses may run ONLINE.

Course Fee

The course costs R9 300.


The course is part-time and runs for 8 weeks (40 hours) 


Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence.

Programme Overview

Legal interpreting skills is offered as part of the Diploma in Legal interpreting.
This course forms the capstone of the Diploma in Legal interpreting. In this course learners are presented with case studies and mock trials to enhance their court interpreting skills.

The Diploma in Legal Interpreting, which is accredited by SASSETA, is aimed at upgrading language practitioners’ skills in interpreting and thereby improving their career prospects. Qualifying students who pass the Diploma in Legal Interpreting will be able to apply to enroll in Postgraduate Diploma in Translation or Interpreting at Wits, subject to terms and conditions set by the University Senate.

This course starts on 12 October 2020.

This course is presented in a blended learning format. This means that the course has an online component as well as face-to-face sessions on the following dates:
12 & 13 October 2020
27 & 28 October 2020
10 & 11 November 2020
24 & 25 November 2020

*Class times: 09:00 - 15:30


SASSETA accredited Diploma in Legal interpreting

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (approved by SAQA).
  • Fluent English.
  • Fluent in at least one other language.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Successfully completed Liaison interpreting in specific contexts
Career Opportunities

This course equips learers with the skills required to function as interpreters in courts and other legal settings