Paralegal Technology


Paralegal Technology is a two-year program of study which requires courses in the
career-technical core, designated areas of concentration, and the academic core. When you successfully complete the requirements, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to take certification examinations offered by national paralegal professional organizations.

The Paralegal Technology curriculum will prepare you for entry-level employment as a legal assistant or paralegal in courts, corporations, law firms, and government agencies. A field robust with opportunity for those looking to work in law, but still prioritizing flexible hours, job security, and an office setting.

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Important Program Information

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Career Certificate
  • Technical Certificate
Sample Curriculum
Course Hours
Introduction to Law 3
Legal Research 3
Family Law 3
Wills and Estates 3
Civil Litigation I 3
Torts 3
Real Property I 3
Approved Technical Electives 9
Total Hours 30
Course Hours
Legal Writing 3
Civil Litigation II 3
Approved Technical Electives 9
Total Hours (includes career certificate course hours) 45
Course Hours
Technical English or English Composition I 3–4
Public Speaking I or Interpersonal Communication 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Mathematics/Science Elective 3–4
Total Hours (includes career and technical certificate course hours) 60–62


How long is the program and will I receive a degree upon graduation?

The Paralegal Technology program at Hinds Community College is a two-year program. Courses from other colleges may transfer for credit in the program. Should you wish to have your transcript evaluated or have any questions, please contact the department chair. Upon passing and completing the two-year program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in Paralegal Technology.

Do you offer night or online classes?

We offer both evening and online classes each semester. Currently, the only two legal classes we do not offer online are Legal Research and Legal Writing. This is we feel that the student can best learn these subjects through one-on-one contact with an instructor in a classroom setting. Though they are not offered online, they are available during the day and evening.

What are the benefits of taking paralegal classes at Hinds?
  • Quality instruction at a low cost
  • Free placement service
  • Qualified and experienced instructors
  • Preparation for voluntary certification
  • Legal Club (Hinds Association of Legal Students)
  • Affiliated with Mississippi Association of Legal Assistants (MALA)
  • Westlaw (computerized legal research) instruction
  • Day, evening, and online classes available

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