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Learn your legal rights April 4 at the ‘People’s Law School’

Volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors, will teach courses and answer questions in 14 different areas of law.

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March 24, 2015 – The “People’s Law School” at the University of Houston Law Center will be back in session April 4, offering free classes on basic legal rights and answering questions on a wide variety of legal issues.

The “school,” presented by the Center for Consumer Law at UH Law Center and sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, is the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country.

“As the more than 50,000 people who have attended the People’s Law School have discovered, when it comes to the law, knowledge really is power,” said Richard M. Alderman, UHLC professor emeritus, who has hosted the event for years and continues as director of the Center for Consumer Law.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Law Center on the main campus of the University of Houston. More than 40 volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors, will be teaching courses in 14 different areas of law. Classes include business law, tax, employment, health insurance, consumer law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, family law, insurance law, landlord tenant law, justice court, social security, and how to deal with an attorney. There will even be a course on how you can find the law on the Internet.

Everyone who attends may choose three classes. Each class will be taught by a different instructor and is a little different, so attendees can take a class more than once if they are really interested in the subject matter.

To make sure things run smoothly, dozens of volunteer law students and members of the UHLC staff will be available to help with everything from free coffee and donuts, to the final evaluation form. Participants will receive comprehensive written materials to supplement the classes.

“The People’s Law School won’t make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems,” Alderman said. “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.”

Although there is no charge for the People’s Law School, registration is required and is limited to the first 1,000 people. To register go to,

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

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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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