Free and open to the public, the People's Law School (“PLS”) offers a half-day curriculum featuring volunteer attorneys and legal experts who teach courses designed to educate members of the community about their legal rights and to make the law “user friendly.” Established and organized in 2005 by Professor Pat Wilson, the People's Law School has become an annual event sponsored by Baylor Law School and other organizations for the benefit of the Central Texas community.
In 2015, over 275 people attended the PLS. Participants chose up to three courses from the eighteen, hour-long courses offered. The courses focused on useful issues such as consumer rights, elder law, employment law, estate planning, family law, how to get into law school, “Keeping Your Church Out of Court,” landlord/tenant rights, laws affecting small businesses, and privacy law. This year the “Teacher’s Law School” was also added. It is a special track for teachers composed of three courses: “The Fourth Amendment,” “A Day in the Life of the Courthouse,” and “Separation of Church and State.” In addition to the courses, attendees received a copy of the book Know Your Rights, written by consumer law expert, Richard Alderman. Approximately fifteen Baylor law students volunteer every year to assist with the program.