Bar association offers law classes


The South Carolina 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, Feb. 2 continuing through March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Central Carolina Technical College's Legal Studies Center, 111 S. Main St.

The deadline to enroll is Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The seven-week course costs $45 and includes all course materials.

The course will cover the following topics:

• Feb. 2 - Overview of state courts and alternative dispute resolution;

• Feb. 9 - Juvenile justice and overview of child protection hearings;

• Feb. 16 - Family law, real estate and landlord-tenant law;

• Feb. 23 - Wills, estates and probate, health care and elder law;

• March 1 - S.C. workers' compensation and employment law;

• March 8 - Bankruptcy law, consumer law and debt collection; and

• March 15 - Criminal law and torts law.

"Law School for Non-Lawyers" is a great opportunity for the public to learn about different areas of the law and how the legal system affects their daily lives," said Cindy Coker, S.C. Bar public services director. "Whether they need legal help or they're considering a career in the legal field, the program will provide a basis of legal knowledge in easy-to-understand terms, giving participants the ability to make educated, confident decisions."

Registrants are not required to attend all of the classes and may choose to attend only those that most interest them. To register, call (803) 778-6656 or visit

For all other questions, contact the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program at (803) 799-6653, extension 158.