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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.

“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 series will be held on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 12 continuing through Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Spartanburg Community College (107 Community College Dr., Spartanburg 29305). The deadline to enroll is Thursday, Sept. 7 at noon.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Sept. 12—Overview of state courts and alternative dispute resolution
  • Sept. 19—Juvenile justice and overview of child protection hearings
  • Oct. 26—Family law, real estate and landlord-tenant law
  • Oct. 3—Wills, estates and probate; health care; and elder law
  • Oct. 10—S.C. workers’ compensation and employment law
  • Oct. 17—Bankruptcy law, consumer law and debt collection
  • Oct. 24—Criminal law and torts law

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.

“I want to thank the Bar Association for creating such a course and offering it at such an affordable price,” said a past participant. “And thank you to the many lawyers who were our presenters. Their personalities varied greatly but they all shared a great enthusiasm for their work and [the] importance of what they do!“

To register, call (864) 592-4900 or (877) 592-4408 or visit For all other questions, contact the SC Bar Pro Bono Program at (803) 799-6653, ext. 158.