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Mini Law School Educates the Public about their Legal Rights


You won’t be able to sit for the bar, but after going through the Mini Law School in Springfield, you will have more knowledge about legal issues.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The Missouri Bar Association started the Mini Law School program in St. Louis about seven years ago, according to its spokesperson Farrah Fite.  She says part of the MBA’s mission is to educate the public about how the law impacts their daily lives and what their legal rights are, and the Mini Law School helps fulfill that mission.

Springfield is a site for the Mini Law School for the first time this year.  Classes start tonight (9/22) and run for five weeks.

"Participants will learn how the legal system and our courts work.  They'll also learn what the differences between civil and criminal law are.  We'll dive into consumer protections and business law.  We'll also cover family law and that includes the topics of divorce, child custody, grandparents' rights and adoption, and we'll also be looking at real and personal property.  That includes estate planning and how to plan for your end of life care decisions," she said.

So, who should attend?  Fite explains.

"Those who want to learn--who want to dive into this and hear from some of the top legal minds on these topics.  Those are the right candidates for this program," she said.

The Mini Law School will be held Tuesday nights at 7 starting tonight (9/22) at the Library Center.  The cost is $25, and registration is required.  To learn more, click here.