S.C. Bar to sponsor Law School for Non-Lawyers in Charleston, Florence and Spartanburg this spring

February 04, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 4, 2014)—Do you know what your rights and responsibilities are under the law? While you may not be an attorney, it’s important to know the law and how it affects your everyday life. The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program is sponsoring “Law School for Non-Lawyers,” a seven-week program designed to give the public an overview of the South Carolina legal system and insight into common legal problems people face.

The course covers 14 chapters and details what legal resources are available, as well as where people can go for help. Participants receive a book outlining each topic, which includes an overview, helpful tips and further resources.

Tuesday evenings, March 11 through April 22, 6 to 9 p.m. at Trident Technical College (7000 Rivers Ave., Charleston). The deadline to enroll is Wednesday, March 5.
To register visit www.scbar.org/PublicServices/LawSchoolforNonLawyers or call (843) 574-6152.

Tuesday evenings, March 25 through May 6, 6 to 9 p.m. at Florence/Darlington Technical College (951 Pisgah Rd., Florence). The deadline to enroll is Wednesday, March 19. To register, call (843) 413-2715 or visit www.fdtc.edu.

Thursday evenings, April 10 through May 22, 6 to 9 p.m. at Spartanburg Community College (Business I-85 at New Cut Rd., Spartanburg). The deadline to enroll is Tuesday, April 8. To register, call (864) 592-4402 or 1-877-592-4402 or visit ww2.sccsc.edu/cce/courses/courses.htm.

"Law School for Non-Lawyers allows the public to learn about different areas of the law and how the legal system impacts their daily lives," said Cindy Coker, director of the S.C. Bar Public Services Division. "People from all different backgrounds find the course helpful: from those who need legal help to those considering careers in the legal field. The program provides legal knowledge in easy-to-understand terms, giving participants the ability to make educated, confident decisions."

The cost of each seven-week course is $45, which covers the cost of printing course materials. Registrants are not required to attend all of the classes and may choose to attend only those that interest them the most. For all other questions, contact the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program at (803) 799-6653, ext. 158.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.