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 will be
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.
Our full list of courses is below
Civil Liberties and COVID
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.
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.
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.
Disabilities and the ADA in the Time of COVID
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mediation, Arbitration, and ADR
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.
Starting Your Business
This course provides information for those planning on starting a business, particulary Texas entrepreneurs, including the difference between sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations and tips to avoid legal pitfalls.
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.
Top Scams During the COVID Pandemic
Invariably, 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.