People's Law School | 2019

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The People's Law School 2019 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 9, 2019. 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.

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.


Our full list of courses is below

Please read through the course list below and then click Register Now to go to the registration form.


Registration is now closed however walk-ins are welcome.

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.

Birthright Citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment New Course!
The concept of birthright citizenship has been in the news lately. In this course, learn the history of this concept, what individuals are entitled to birthright citizenship, and how the rights of those individuals differ from those of naturalized citizens.

The Criminal Justice System and Plea Bargains: Understanding a Prosecutor’s Role New Course!
In felony cases, what is the prosecutor’s duty to the victim, the accused, and society? Why are some defendants offered a plea while others are taken to trial? What considerations go into a prosecutor’s decision to offer a plea bargain to a criminal defendant? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during this session.

Debt Collectors and Identity Theft
What rights do debtors have? What is permissible for debt collectors and when do they violate the law? What rights and responsibilities do you have if you are the victim of identity theft? The instructor of this course will educate attendees about their rights in this area of the law.

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 
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.

Hiring and Working with Your Attorney New Course!
What are the things that you need to know and think about when hiring an attorney to help you solve a problem? This session will cover these issues and discuss the best strategies for working with your attorney after you’ve hired him or her to work on your case or matter.

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 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.

Landlord/Tenant 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.

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The Mueller Report: What’s Next?New Course!
Special Counsel Robert Mueller soon may be submitting (or may have by the time of session) a report to the Attorney General. We’ll take a non-partisan look at where things may go from there depending on the findings and what the Attorney General and Congress do.

Texas Community Property: What is it and How to Protect It New Course!
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.

Traffic Stops: From Initial 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.

Understanding Gun Trusts and Other Gun Regulations New Course!
This course will cover what a “gun trust” is and whether you need one. It will also address what types of firearms are best suited for gun trusts, procedures for legally purchasing and transferring firearms to gun trusts, and gun trusts in the administration of your estate.

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 Veteran’s 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.

Zoning and Planning Laws New Course!
Local governments across Texas have implemented zoning laws to control the use of real property. What purpose do these zoning ordinances serve? What rights do landowners and others have when a city or county seeks to change the zoning or planned use of a particular parcel of land? This session will cover not only the history and use of zoning laws, how they may affect you, and how you can appeal to your city for upcoming plans or for requesting changes.

Registration is now closed however walk-ins are welcome.