‘People’s Law School’ teaches basic legal rights in free classes at UH Law Center

Volunteer lawyers, judges, and professors will explain 14 areas of law in Oct. 4 program

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Sept. 18, 2014 – The People’s Law School will convene on Oct. 4 at the University of Houston Law Center campus offering free classes on legal rights and answers to many basic legal questions.

“The People’s Law School is the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country,” said Richard M. Alderman, longtime professor and director of the Center for Consumer Law at UH Law Center.  “When it comes to the law, knowledge really is power. The People’s Law School won’t make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems. Whether you are buying a car, preparing a will, dealing with a debt collector or in a dispute with your neighbor, knowing your legal rights can make a difference.”

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Krost Hall at the Law Center on the main campus of the University of Houston. Although there is no charge for the People’s Law School, pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to the first 1,000 people. Registration officially opens Sept. 24. To register go to, www.peopleslawyer.net

Over the years, more than 50,000 people have attended the program co-sponsored by the Center for Consumer Law and the Houston Bar Association. Volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors, will teach courses in 14 different areas of law, including business law, tax, employment, health insurance, consumer law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, family law, insurance law, landlord tenant law, small claims court, social security and how to deal with an attorney. There will even be a class on how you can find the law on the Internet.

Each person may choose three classes and attendees will receive comprehensive written materials to supplement the classes.

University of Houston Law Center Media Contacts: Carrie Anna Criado, UH Law Center Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-2184, cacriado@central.uh.edu; John T. Kling, UH Law Center Communications Manager, 713- 743-8298, jtkling@central.uh.edu; or Stephen B. Jablonski, Multimedia Specialist, 713-743- 1634, sbjablon@central.uh.edu.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

About the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center is the leading law school in the nation's fourth-largest city. Founded in 1947, it is a top-tier institution awarding Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees. The Law Center is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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