April 4, 2018 — The "People's Law School" will be back in session Saturday at the University of Houston Law Center, offering free classes on basic legal rights and answering questions on a wide variety of legal issues.
The "school," presented by the Center for Consumer Law at the Law Center and sponsored by the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, started in 1991 is the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country.
"As the more than 55,000 people who have attended the People's Law School have discovered, when it comes to the law, knowledge really is power," said Richard M. Alderman, UHLC professor emeritus, who has hosted the event for years and continues as director of the Center for Consumer Law. "The People's Law School won't make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems," he added.
Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Law Center on the main campus of the University of Houston. More than 30 volunteer lawyers, judges and law professors, will be teaching courses in 13 different areas of law. Classes include business law, tax, employment, health insurance, consumer law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, family law, insurance law, landlord tenant law, justice court, social security, and how to deal with an attorney.
Everyone who attends may choose three classes. Each class will be taught by a different instructor and is a little different, so attendees can take a class more than once if they are really interested in the subject matter.
To make sure things run smoothly, dozens of volunteer law students and members of the UHLC staff will be available to help with everything from free coffee and donuts, to the final evaluation form. Participants will receive comprehensive written materials to supplement the classes.
Although there is no charge for the People's Law School, registration is required with attendance limited to the first 1,000 people. Click here to register.