The Common Law

The People's Law School

What is the People's Law School?

Anyone who enjoys "The Common Law" should attend the People's Law School on Saturday, Feb. 26, on the UT law school campus. 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 the most distinguished attorneys in the city.

PLS offers roughly 40 different topics of law. General topics like family law (divorce, child custody, and adoption), consumer law (deceptive sales and identify theft), employment law (hiring/firing and how to get paid for your work), and wills and estate planning will be offered. More focused topics include small-business law, elder law, personal bankruptcy, and entertainment law (with separate classes for writers, film industry professionals, and musicians). Other practical classes offered include Love Your Neighbor (learn to deal with neighbor disputes) and Unmarried Partner Issues (learn how the law treats couples that aren't married).

The PLS event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26th, at the UT Law School (727 E. Dean Keeton). Doors open at 8:15am and an optional orientation starts at 8:30am. Courses will take place over three time slots (9am, 10:30am, and noon). For example, you can take a Wills and Estates course at 9am, a Small Business course at 10:30am, and an Identity Theft course at noon. Each class lasts roughly 75 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session at the end.

Check out for more information about PLS, including the entire class schedule, directions to the UT law school, and free parking. Organized by the Austin Bar Association in partnership with the UT School of Law, Lawyer Referral Service, and KEYE, PLS is a great way to learn about the law, and best of all, it's absolutely free. I hope to see you there!

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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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