Canadian Law for Legal Interpreters and Translators

In this course, you’ll study the essentials of Canadian law, Canada’s court and tribunal systems, and criminal and civil procedure in Canada. After an overview of the basics, you’ll examine various areas of public law and of private law through presentations and case studies. You’ll also become familiar with the fundamental concepts and specialized terms used in Canada’s justice system.

Instructor: John Walker


Location: Online
Duration: 6 weeks
Available only to students enrolled in:
Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the foundations of the Canadian legal system
  • Understand the roles of judges, lawyers and interpreters in the legal system
  • Describe basic criminal, civil and administrative law procedure
  • Understand main legal concepts in relation to the key areas of law, including criminal law, immigration and refugee law, administrative law, family law and tort law

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 2–3 hours per week on coursework in addition to attending classes
  • Expect lectures, presentations, case studies and discussions

You’ll be evaluated on:

  • Exams and quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Participation

To graduate with the Legal and Interpretation and Translation Certificate, complete all courses with an overall grade of B– (70%).

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.