People's Law School | 2021

Video recordings of each class can be found below. 

 

The People's Law School 2021 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.

Due to COVID-19, this year's event was exclusively online on February 13, 2021. Video recordings of each class can be found below. 

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

The People's Law School is your opportunity to learn some fundamentals that may help you in your day-to-day personal and business life or satisfy your curiosity about the law and how it works.

Full Course List


Civil Liberties and COVIDCOVID

As a country, we have faced shutdowns, curfews, mask mandates, and other mandates or restrictions in an attempt to address the COVID pandemic, causing many to question the government’s right to impose those restrictions.  In this course, the instructor will address the law as it pertains to civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and public safety. Civil Liberties Video


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 Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.Consumer Law Video


Contesting Your Property Taxes 

Concerned about your property taxes and the valuation of your real property?  In this course, the instructor will address the process for challenging your property valuation and strategies that may result in lowering your Texas property taxes.Contesting Your Property Taxes Video


Disabilities and the ADA in the Time of COVIDCOVID

The instructor of this course will provide a brief overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicable to employers around the country, focusing on the issues raised by the COVID pandemic.Disabilities and the ADA in the Time of COVID Video


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.   Elder Law Video


Family Law I

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


Family Law II

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


Freedom from Discrimination versus Religious Liberty

New Course!Freedom from discrimination and religious liberty are both important policies of our country, but they sometime clash. The instructor for this course will define the issues and review the law on these important policies, including a consideration of how the Supreme Court may rule on these issues.Freedom from Discrimination versus Religious Liberty Video


Guardianship 

Guardianship is a legal process that allows one person or entity to make decisions for another (a ward), particularly where the ward is incapacitated or disabled.  The presenter for this course will address the process of guardianship appointment, the responsibilities of a guardian, and other key information about guardianship under Texas law.Guardianships Video


Introduction to Special Education Law

This instructor in this course will provide an overview of the important laws and procedures regarding special needs children and their education, including a look at the Individuals with federal Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, discipline of students with special needs, and other topics of interest to those who parent or work with special needs children.Introduction to Special Education Law Video


Landlord/Tenant Law

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


Mediation, Arbitration, and ADR

New Course!Many lawsuits are settled using mediation, arbitration, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. This course will review the different alternatives to a lawsuit, including what they are, how they work, and when they are most appropriate for settling legal disputes, whether in Texas or elsewhere.Mediation Arbitration and ADR Video


Starting Your Business

This course provides information for those planning on starting a business, particularly Texas entrepreneurs, including the difference between sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations and tips to avoid legal pitfalls.Starting Your Business Video


Texas Community Property: What is it and How to Protect It

This course is for individuals who want to have a better understanding of Texas community property. What determines whether something is community property or separate property? Can a premarital agreement change the nature of the property? What about post-marital agreements? This course will provide a general overview of the law in this area.Texas Community Property, What is it and How to Protect It Video


Top Scams During the COVID Pandemic

COVIDInvariably, scam artists around the country and the world look for new ways to take advantage of the disruption and uncertainty caused by a disaster. The presenter of this course will provide tips to avoid becoming a victim and address what to if one is scammed.Top Scams During the COVID Pandemic Video


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.Wills and Estate Planning Video