What will I learn?

Enhanced and expanded from the previous classroom-based 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Legal Translation, launched in 2017.

The only program of its kind in North America, McGill’s new online Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation is designed to provide aspiring and working professionals in the legal, business and translation communities from coast to coast with specialized training to enrich their current portfolio and fast-track their career.

Created in close collaboration with the McGill Faculty of Law and the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, with funding from Justice Canada’s Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund, this leading-edge program aims to help you position yourself for rewarding private- and public-sector opportunities and meet the strong and growing demand for professionally trained legal translators and jurilinguists,

Key Features:

Learn online from anywhere.
Benefit from the knowledge and experience of highly respected practitioners and scholar-practitioners.
Hone your skills in legal translation and communication, revising, writing and co-writing.
Engage with leading-edge translation, terminological search and terminology management tools throughout the curriculum.
Acquire transferable, work-integrated experience through two practica or applied research projects with hand-picked partners.
Cultivate the diligence and professionalism to set yourself apart in this important field for social justice.

The online program can be completed in as quickly as 2 years (6 continuous academic semesters) or stretched out over a longer period (maximum 4 years). Fall and winter entrance options are offered.

Which department am I in?

McGill University

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years (6 continuous academic semesters) or stretched out over a longer period (maximum 4 years).)

Tuition fees
CAN $2,450.01 per 3-credit course. The given fee is for full time and it's a guide for online students.
Start date

2 September 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned an accredited or recognized university degree (equivalent to a McGill undergraduate degree, Bachelor’s) which would serve as a basis of admission to a graduate degree program at a recognized research-intensive university in the same country. The university degree must have been completed with a minimum standing of 3.0/4.0 or the equivalent, according to grading scale on the transcript. Other English Language Requirements: 567 PBT (paper based test); MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a mark of 85% or higher; University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): a grade of “B” (Good) or higher; University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of “C” (Pass) or higher; Edexcel London Test of English – Level 4 – with an overall grade of at least “Merit Pass”; Edexcel London Test of English – Level 5 – with an overall grade of at least “Pass”; McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency awarded.

For international students

Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree, or its equivalent, in Translation, Law or a related discipline for which faculty approval rests with the School of Continuing Studies. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 over 4.0 is required, or, of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Minimum acceptable scores: iBT (Internet-based test): 90 overall (a minimum individual component score of 21 in each of the four components, i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Versions: A band score of 6.5 or better; individual component scores must be 6.0 or better. Regular Academic and UKVI Academic versions are both accepted.

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a minimum mark of 85%.

McGill SCS TELP (McGill SCS Test of English Language Proficiency): a Category A result.

McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency awarded.

University of Cambridge: Cambridge C1 Advanced. Certificate awarded with a grade of “B” or higher (formerly Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)).

University of Cambridge: Cambridge C2 Proficiency. Certificate awarded with a grade of “C” or higher (formerly Certificate in Proficiency English (CPE)).

Pearson Test of English - Academic: Overall score of 65 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall band score of 70 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better. Both paper (CAEL-Paper edition) and the computer (CAEL-CE) tests are accepted. Application Deadlines: For fall: March 1; for winter: July 1 and for spring/summer: November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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