The Common Law: The People's Law School – Learn the Law for Free

People's Law School

Anyone who enjoys "The Common Law" should attend the People's Law School ("PLS") on Saturday, Feb. 23. PLS is a free event designed to provide basic legal information to the community, demystify the law, and educate people about their legal rights. People who attend PLS will have the chance to learn the basics of common, practical, and everyday legal issues from some of Austin's most distinguished attorneys.

PLS offers numerous classes on a variety of topics. General topics like family law (divorce & child custody), consumer law (small claims, loans, debt), and wills and estate planning are offered. PLS also has more focused classes like tenant's rights, immigration, and bankruptcy.

The PLS event will take place the morning of Saturday, Feb. 23. Courses typically take place over three time slots (9am, 10:30am, and noon), which allows you to take multiple classes on different topics. You are not, however, required to attend all three class sessions (you can come to only one class if you want). Each class usually lasts 60-75 minutes and concludes with a 15-minute Q&A session.

Check out for more information about PLS, including class schedules and start times, event location, and parking instructions. Organized by the Austin Bar Association, PLS is a great way to learn about the law, and best of all, it's absolutely FREE.

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The material in this column is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute, nor is it a substitute for, legal advice. For advice on your specific facts and circumstances, consult a licensed attorney. You may wish to contact the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, a non-profit public service of the Austin Bar Association, at 512-472-8303 or

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