Graduate Diploma (Gr. Dip.) Legal Translation (30 credits)

Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm.     Degree: GD-LGT

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation is a 30-credit graduate-level, online program designed to meet the need for professionally trained legal translators and jurilinguists in Canada in both the public and private sectors, not only in translation, but also in revision, co-writing of legal texts, and consultancy in legal aspects of language in multiple professional settings. Principles and practices encountered in jurilinguistics, as well as legal translation in key sectors in high demand. Computer-aided translation tools are an integral part of the curriculum, as is an internship or an applied research project.

The program can be completed in two years (six continuous semesters – fall/winter/summer). The maximum time for finishing the program is four years. Fall and winter entry options are offered.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • CCTR 530 Principles of Jurilinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Introduction to the field of jurilinguistics. Examination of jurilinguistic practices, including: drafting, legal translation, legal terminology development, revision, interpretation of law, and other aspects of legal language, such as readability and plain language.

    Terms: Fall 2023

    Instructors: Girard, Marie-Hélène (Fall)

    • This is a bilingual course

    • Restriction: Open to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation or with departmental approval.

  • CCTR 535 Introduction to Language Technologies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Identification and classification of different types of language technologies and their components. Introduction to computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools, translation management systems, machine translation and post-editing. Hands-on experience with CAT tools usage including the creation of translation memories, file alignment, creation of terminology databases and records, as well as the translation of documents in a translation editing environment. Principles of real life meta-learning (i.e., learning how to learn).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • This is a bilingual course.

    • Early opening registration date for CS courses only

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 541 Legal Translation: General (3 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of legal texts. Overview of legal theory. Examination of legal translation methodology, legal terminology, phraseology, and legal citation guidelines through hands-on translation exercises of different subtypes of legal texts.

    Terms: Winter 2024

    Instructors: Tellier-Marcil, Arnaud; Hübsch, Jean-Frédéric Yukio Wolfgang (Winter)

    • This is a bidirectional translation course (English to French and French to English). The languages of instruction are English and French.

    • Open to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation or with departmental approval.

  • CCTR 643 Language Management in the Justice Sector (3 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Critical examination of the concept of multilingualism, its management and its social and economic consequences for the justice sector. Analysis of different models of institutional and corporate language management, as well as their effects on the language industries. Implications of language technology developments on language management in the justice sector, including in crisis communication management.

    Terms: Winter 2024

    Instructors: Cordoba Serrano, Maria Sierra (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Open to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation and by departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken CCTR 543.

    • Supplementary Calendar Info: This is a bilingual course.

Practicum

Applied Research

*Choose either CCTR 500 and CCTR 600 or CCTR 605 and CCTR 606.

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

6 credits from either Stream 1 or Stream 2:

French Stream (6 credits from the following):

  • CCTR 553 Legal Translation: Judgments (English to French) (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of judgments from English to French. Review of judicial systems and subject-matter jurisdiction. Examination of legal translation principles and techniques applied to judgments. Study of macro-level translation strategies specific to judgments, including structure, genre, function (of the judgment and its translation) and context, and micro-level textual specificities of judgments and their translation. Strategies used to solve specific terminological and phraseological translation problems. Research techniques and use of appropriate references and tools when translating judgments.

    Terms: Winter 2024

    Instructors: Jolette, Lyne (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: CCTR 541

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

    • Early opening registration date for CS courses only

  • CCTR 555 Legal Translation: Contracts (English to French) (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of contracts from English to French. Overview of the legal framework for contracts translated in Canada, including differences between the civil law principles applied in Quebec and the common law principles applied in the rest of Canada, and other translation problems typical of international contracts. Examination of the structure of contracts. Application of context-specific translation strategies. Translation of standard and general clauses, as well as specific types of contracts. Examination of English and French terminology and phraseology in the subfield of contracts.

    Terms: Fall 2023

    Instructors: Tellier-Marcil, Arnaud (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: CCTR 530 and CCTR 541.

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 557 Legal Translation: Statutes&Regulations (English to French) (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of legislation from English to French. Review of legislative systems in Canada. Analysis of methods of legislative translation in Canada. Legal translation principles and techniques applied to the translation of legislation. Study of macro-level translation strategies specific to statutes and regulations, including jurisdiction, sources of law, law structure, genre, function (of statutes and regulations and their translation) and context, and micro-level textual specificities of statutes and regulations and their translation. Strategies used to solve specific terminological and phraseological translation problems. Research techniques and use of appropriate references and tools when translating legislation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: CCTR 530 and CCTR 541.

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 645 Legal Translation: Securities Law (English to French). (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of securities documents from English to French. Overview of the legal framework governing the securities market in Canada. Examination of the common securities documents translated in Canada, including prospectuses, material change reports, business acquisition reports, annual information forms, information circulars, take-over bid circulars and directors’ circulars. Application of research techniques to find mandatory language in the English and French versions of securities regulations. Examination of English and French terminology and phraseology in the subfield of securities.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: CCTR 530 and CCTR 541.

    • Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation. Not open to students who have taken CCTR 545.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 660 Current Trends in Legal Translation (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Selected current trends related to legal translation.

    Terms: Fall 2023, Summer 2024

    Instructors: Rondeau, Guillaume (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • Supplementary Calendar Info: 1. This course is bilingual. Topics for discussion may vary. 2. **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do. not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

OR

English Stream (6 credits from the following):

  • CCTR 554 Legal Translation: Judgments (French to English) (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of judgments from French to English. Review of judicial systems and subject-matter jurisdiction. Examination of legal translation principles and techniques applied to judgments. Study of macro-level translation strategies specific to judgments, including structure, genre, function (of the judgment and its translation) and context, and micro-level textual specificities of judgments and their translation. Strategies used to solve specific terminological and phraseological translation problems. Research techniques and use of appropriate references and tools when translating judgments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: CCTR 541

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

    • Early opening registration date for CS courses only.

  • CCTR 556 Legal Translation: Contracts (French to English) (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of contracts from French to English. Overview of the legal framework for contracts translated in Canada, including differences between the civil law principles applied in Quebec and the common law principles applied in the rest of Canada, and other translation problems typical of international contracts. Examination of the structure of contracts. Application of context-specific translation strategies. Translation of standard and general clauses, as well as specific types of contracts. Examination of English and French terminology and phraseology in the subfield of contracts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: CCTR 530 and CCTR 541.

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 558 Legal Translation: Statutes&Regulations (French to English) (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of legislation from French to English. Review of legislative systems in Canada, with a focus on Quebec. Analysis of methods of legislative translation in Canada. Legal translation principles and techniques applied to the translation of legislation. Study of macro-level translation strategies specific to statutes and regulations, including jurisdiction, sources of law, law structure, genre, function (of statutes and regulations and their translation) and context, and micro-level textual specificities of statutes and regulations and their translation. Strategies used to solve specific terminological and phraseological translation problems. Research techniques and use o appropriate references and tools when translating legislation.

    Terms: Winter 2024

    Instructors: Baker, Mary Elizabeth; Abbott, Amanda Leigh (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: CCTR 530 and CCTR 541.

    • Restrictions: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 642 Legal Translation: Securities Law (French to English). (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Translation of securities documents from French to English. Introduction to the statutes, regulations and rules governing the distribution of financial products and services in Canada. Practical translation exercises include prospectus offerings, regulatory documents, judgments in securities cases, corporate securities compliance documents and shareholders agreements.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation. Not open to students who have taken CCTR 542.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

  • CCTR 660 Current Trends in Legal Translation (2 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Selected current trends related to legal translation.

    Terms: Fall 2023, Summer 2024

    Instructors: Rondeau, Guillaume (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation.

    • Supplementary Calendar Info: 1. This course is bilingual. Topics for discussion may vary. 2. **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do. not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fifth lecture day.

6 credits from the following:

  • CCTR 601 Independent Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Independent study under the guidance of a course supervisor specializing in the field of interest.

    Terms: Winter 2024

    Instructors: Girard, Marie-Hélène (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

    • Projects will have to be arranged individually with the instructors. A detailed study proposal must be submitted to the Director or Course Supervisor during the first week of class.

    • To obtain approval, a detailed study proposal must be submitted to the course supervisor.

  • CCTR 602 Special Topics in Legal Translation 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Global & Strategic Comm. (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    Translation : Selected topics in legal translation.

    Terms: Fall 2023, Summer 2024

    Instructors: Drouin, Jennifer (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Departmental approval required.

  • CPAG 610 Current Issues in Public Sector Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Administration & Governance (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    CPAG : Analysis of contemporary issues and challenges faced by public administration due to political, technological, social, and economic changes. Examination of current trends, successes, failures, and alternative solutions experienced by public administration in the past.

    Terms: Fall 2023

    Instructors: Jeyabalaratnam, Gopinath (Fall)

    • Not open to students who have taken CPAG 510.

    • Course may be offered in person or online with synchronous and asynchronous components.

  • CPAG 615 Public Regulations and Ethics in the Public Sector (3 credits)

    Offered by: Administration & Governance (School of Continuing Studies)

    Overview

    CPAG : Interpretation of legal and ethical issues relevant to public services. Examination of legal principles and legal reasoning, the role of law in public sector management, such as constitutional law, administrative law, and human rights law. Exploration of the principles that inform privacy and access to informatio legislation and their derivation form ethical theories.

    Terms: Fall 2023

    Instructors: Guay, Hélène (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CPAG 515.

    • Course may be offered in person or online with synchronous and asynchronous components.

Or other 500- or 600-level courses approved by the program adviser.

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