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Media Law School

In reporting on many important issues, journalists are frequently required to understand key legal questions and are called upon to describe accurately the developments in sometimes complex legal proceedings. Unfortunately, lawyers and judges involved in the case are not always available or willing to provide the necessary information needed by members of the media, allowing them to fully understand or explain the significance of certain legal aspects in a story they are covering. That's where the Media Law School can help.

The Media Law School, hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Law and College of Information and Communications, and sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates, provides selected journalists with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the key stages of civil and criminal proceedings and to learn enough basic law to report accurately on many important issues in the news.

Approximately two dozen journalists are selected as Fellows for each session.  They receive instruction from law professors and experienced lawyers and also have an opportunity to interact with, and ask questions freely of, the instructors.

Best of all, Fellows can receive this training at little to no cost.  There is no  registration fee, and Fellows receive a $400 travel allowance and three nights lodging at Graduate Columbia (formerly the Inn at USC). Classes are held at the School of Law (1525 Senate Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208), within walking distance of the Inn on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Curriculum for the next session is under development, but to get a taste of what is covered, you may view the 2019 program (PDF).


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