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People's Law School

The People's Law School – Learn About the Law for Free

Anyone who enjoys "The Common Law" should attend the People's Law School on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University of Texas School of Law. PLS is a free event designed to provide basic legal information to the community, to demystify the law, and to 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 dozens of classes on a variety of topics, including family law (divorce and child custody), consumer law (protecting yourself while online and against identify theft), employment law (for employers and employees), and wills and estate planning. More focused classes include small business law, debt (credit repair, consumer loans, and collections), intellectual property, immigration, and the legal process.

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the UT Law School (727 E. Dean Keeton). Doors open at 8am, and an optional orientation with introductory remarks begins 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 a debt collection course at noon. You are not, however, required to attend all three class sessions; you can come to only one if you want. Each class lasts roughly 75 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session at the end.

Check out www.austinbar.org/pages/PLSmain for more information about PLS, including the entire class schedule and 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 of Central Texas, and KEYE TV, the People's Law School is a great way to learn about the law, and best of all, it's absolutely free.

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Marrs, Ellis & Hodge LLP, www.jmehlaw.com.

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 www.austinlrs.com.

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