What is the People's Law School?

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The People's Law School 2016 offers a half-day curriculum of courses designed to educate consumers about their legal rights and to make the law "user friendly." The courses are taught by volunteer attorneys and legal experts.

Baylor Law School will host the People's Law School on February 13, 2016. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with 9:00 being the start time for this year's People's Law School. Our day will run until 12:45 p.m.

This has become an annual event sponsored by Baylor Law School and other organizations for the benefit of the Central Texas community. It is absolutely free to attend.

Participants may choose up to three courses from the 17, hour-long courses offered. The courses focus on useful issues such as consumer rights, landlord/tenant rights, wills, elder law, consumer law and family law.


We are offering some new courses this year, including:

  • Sharia Law
  • Open Carry/Concealed Carry

We are also bringing back some courses that we haven't offered in a few years, including.

  • Traffic Stops
  • Veterans' Rights

We have a full schedule of 17 different courses. There is something for everyone.

Pre-Registration is now closed
Walk-ins are welcome!

Buying and Selling Real Estate
A look at what buyers and sellers should know about real estate transactions, including the contract of sale, title insurance, the seller's disclosure obligations, and related issues.

Constitutional Law Review
First amendment rights, search and seizure, and same-sex marriage were all issues that the U.S. Supreme Court addressed in recent years. The instructor of this course will review some of those cases and their implications.

Consumer Law
The instructor for this class will provide an overview of some of the more important consumer protection statutes, including the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Elder Law
This course provides an overview of issues important to senior citizens and those who care about them, including a review of long term care planning, including Medicaid eligibility.

Family Law I
The instructor of this course will provide a brief overview of divorce, protective orders, and related issues.

Family Law II
In this course, participants will learn about the law regarding child custody and visitation duties and rights, child support, and grandparent's rights.

Intellectual Property Law for the Common Person
When can you copy a DVD or include another photographer’s picture in your social media without infringing the owner’s copyright? What’s the difference between copyright and trademark law? The instructor of this course will provide attendees a brief primer on this area of the law.

Keeping Your Church Out of Court
Churches face a wide variety of legal issues. In this course, the instructor will address some of the most common issues faced by churches while offering suggestions on organizing, operating, and insuring to protect against those issues.

This course will provide valuable information for both landlords and tenants on the Fair Housing Act; security deposits; the landlord’s responsibility for repairs; and eviction.

Law School: How to Get In
Whether you are currently in college or contemplating a second career, this course will provide you the information you need if you are considering applying to Baylor or another law school.

Open Carry/Concealed Carry
The new Open Carry law recently became effective. What does it provide? Where can one carry a gun openly or concealed? When can guns be prohibited? The instructor of this course will review the law as it currently stands and highlight the unanswered questions, particularly those regarding the Open Carry law.

Pitfalls for Non-profits
Nonprofit law is surprisingly complex. The instructor of this course will identify some of the most common pitfalls faced by nonprofit corporations and address how to avoid them.

Separation of Church and State: Religious Freedom
This course is for those who want a better understanding of what religious freedom means in the context of the law.

Sharia Law
Sharia is the body of Islamic law, but what exactly does it provide? The instructor of this course will cover some of the basic principles of Sharia.

From Traffic Stop to Trial
What are one's rights when stopped by law enforcement? What are the consequences of that encounter? This course will address the rights and obligations one has when interacting with the police and the subsequent navigation of the criminal justice system

Veterans' Rights
Attendees to this course will gain a better understanding of veteran’s rights and benefits and working with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wills and Estate Planning
Everyone should have a will. Students in this course will learn the requirements of a valid will and basic estate planning considerations.

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