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COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept 6, 2017)—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 you. The SC 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 series will be held on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 3 continuing through Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus (1260 Lexington Dr., West Columbia 29170). The deadline to enroll is Tuesday, Oct. 3 at noon.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Oct. 3—Overview of state courts and alternative dispute resolution
  • Oct. 10—Juvenile justice and overview of child protection hearings
  • Oct. 17—Family law, real estate and landlord-tenant law
  • Oct. 24—Wills, estates and probate; health care; and elder law
  • Oct. 31—S.C. workers’ compensation and employment law
  • Nov. 7—Bankruptcy law, consumer law and debt collection
  • Nov.14—Criminal law and torts law

"Law School for Non-Lawyers is an excellent opportunity for the public to gain a better understanding of how the legal system works," said Cindy Coker, SC Bar Public Services Director. "The program aims to provide the public with the proper tools to make better, more informed decisions regarding their legal issues."

The seven-week course costs $45 and includes all course materials. Registrants are not required to attend all of the classes and may choose to attend only those that interest them the most. To register, call (803) 732-0432 or visit www.midlandstech.edu. For all other questions, contact the SC Bar Pro Bono Program at (803) 799-6653, ext. 158.

About the South Carolina Bar:
The SC Bar, which has a membership of more than 16,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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