People's Law School | 2017

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The People's Law School 2017 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 11, 2017. 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 choose up to three courses from the full schedule of hour-long courses offered. The courses focus on useful issues such as consumer rights, wills, elder law, consumer law and family law and much more.


We are offering some new courses this year, including:

  • A Behind the Scenes Look at Jury Selection
  • Tax for the Self-Employed
  • The Legislative Process: Statutes, Rules, Executive Orders

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

  • Debt Collectors and the Law
  • Employment Law

We have a full schedule of courses scheduled. There will be something for everyone.

Pre-Registration is over.
Walk-ins are welcome!

Our full list of courses is below or download a printable course list.

Please read through the course list below and then register in person on Saturday morning at 8am


A Behind the Scenes Look at the Jury Selection Process
This class is for those who want a better understanding of the jury selection process.   What are the attorneys looking for when they select a jury?  What’s the difference between a preemptory challenge and a challenge for cause?   Two experienced trial lawyers will conduct a mock voir dire in a mock case presided over by one of our local judges.

The Affordable Care Act
What exactly is “Obamacare” and how does it differ from the Affordable Care Act?  The instructor in this course will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and update attendees on what Congress may have in store as a replacement to the Affordable Care Act.

Computer Scams and Other Risks of the Internet
Scammers are out to take advantage of internet users.  In this course, learn how to spot a scam what rights you have when you do business online.

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

Deadly Force
This course is for those who wish to have a better understanding of the use of deadly force, including self-defense concept, the castle doctrine, and the stand your ground concept, as well as the potential liability for actual use of deadly force.

Debt Collectors and the Law
What rights do debtors have?  What is permissible for debt collectors and when do they violate the law?  The instructor of this course will educate attendees about their rights, and he will outline the practices used by debt collectors that are legal as well as those that are not.

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.   

Employment Law
The instructor of this course will provide an overview of the law that governs the employment relationship, including, the employment-at-will doctrine, employment discrimination, and employee rights and obligations.

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 
This is the course for people who wish to know how to use the library and the internet to find cases, statutes, and other law-related items.  

IP Law for the Common Person
When can you copy a DVD or include another photographer’s picture for use 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.

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.

The Legislative Process:  Statutes, Rules, Executive Orders. 
The new president will likely revoke some executive orders and issue new ones.  This class will explore the president’s power and explain the difference between statutes, administrative rules, and executive orders.

Open Carry/Concealed Carry
The Open Carry law was passed during the last legislative session.  What does it provide?   What is the law on carrying a gun on campus?  The instructor of this course will cover some key aspects of Texas gun law.


Sharia Law (and Why No One Need Be Concerned About It)
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.

Taxes for Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals – Avoiding Penalties and Retaining Your Liberty (Staying out of Jail) 
What are some of the most common problem areas and audit triggers for small businesses and self-employed individuals.  The instructor will provide an overview of some frequent problems encountered in this area.

Veterans' Rights
This course will provide veterans a basic review of rights and benefits available to them, as well as a basic overview of services offered by the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic and the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop.

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.


Pre-Registration is now closed. However, walk-ins are welcome!