What is the People's Law School?

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The People's Law School 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.

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 14, hour-long courses offered. The courses focus on useful issues such as consumer rights, small businesses, landlord/tenant rights, retirement planning, wills, elder law, employment law, and family law.


We are offering some new courses this year, including:

    Pitfalls for Nonprofit Organizations

    Keeping Your Church out of Court

We are also offering a special track called Teachers' Law School.

The track is specifically designed for teachers. The courses have TLS in their name.

Join us on Saturday morning, February 14, 2015 at the Baylor Law School located at 1114 South University Parks Drive in Waco. We'll start check-ins and walk-in registrations at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. We hope to see you there.

Registration is now CLOSED

Walk-ins are Welcome!!

Please be sure to only select one class from each time period.

Buying and Selling Real Estate 9:15 10:30

Consumer Law 9:15 11:45

Debt Collection, Fair Credit, and Other Such Matters 10:30 11:45

Elder Law 10:30 11:45

Family Law I 9:15

Family Law II 10:30

Finding the Law 9:15 11:45

Intellectual Property for the Common Person 10:30

Keeping Your Church Out of Court 10:30 11:45

Landlord/Tenant 9:15 10:30

Law School: How to Get In 9:15 11:45

Pitfalls for Non-Profit Corporations 9:15

Privacy Law 11:45

Wills and Estate Planning 9:15 10:30

TLS: The Fourth Ammendment 10:30

TLS: A Day in the Life of the Courthouse 9:15

TLS: Separation of Church and State 11:45

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.

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.

Debt Collection, Fair Credit, and Other Such Matters
What rights do debtors have? What is permissible for debt collectors and what crosses the line into a violation? What goes into your credit report? What rights do you have? Participants in this course will learn how the law protects consumers.

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.

Finding the Law
In this course, participants will be introduced free online sources of law and legal resources for members of the general public, including forms and instructions for personally handling certain simple legal matters. Participants will also receive information on how to decide if one should hire a lawyer to handle a given issue, as well as how to find one that will meet their needs.

Intellectual Property 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.

Pitfalls for Non-profit Corporations
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.

Privacy Law
The instructor of this course will look at this evolving area of the law and address what privacy rights individuals have in a variety of contexts.

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.


A Day in the Life of the Courthouse
The instructor of this course will give teachers an insider’s view of the workings of the courthouse, including how different cases proceed through the system, how the grand jury operates, various trials and hearings, and jury service.

The Fourth Amendment
Teachers will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of criminal procedure, with a particular focus on the fourth amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

Separation of Church and State
This course is for those who want a better understanding of the relations between religion and government and what the Supreme Court has said about the First Amendment and religion, with a consideration of the cases currently pending before the Supreme Court regarding religious freedom and the provision of contraceptives as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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