April 8, 2014 – The People’s Law School convened Saturday with a capacity crowd of area residents interested in learning more about their legal rights on issues ranging from landlord disputes to bankruptcy.
Hosted by the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center with the sponsorship of the Houston Bar Association, the free program is the oldest and most successful of its kind in the nation having taught more than 50,000 people over the years.
“When it comes to the law, knowledge really is power,” said Richard M. Alderman, interim dean of the Law Center and director of the Center for Consumer Law. “While the sessions on specific areas of the law won’t make you an attorney,” he said, “knowing your legal rights can make a difference.”
More than 40 volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors teach classes dealing with business law, bankruptcy, employment, criminal law, health insurance, consumer law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, family law, insurance law, landlord tenant law, small claims court and how to deal with an attorney. There was even a class on how you can find the law on the Internet.