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 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the UT Law School. 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.

The People's Law School offers dozens of classes on a variety of topics, such as 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), and the legal process.

The event will take place on Feb. 25 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 during three time slots (9am, 10:30, and noon), which allows you to take multiple classes on different topics (although you can attend just one class if you prefer). Each class lasts roughly 75 minutes and concludes with a 15-minute Q&A session.

Check out for more information about PLS. A community service organized by the Austin Bar Association and the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas at the UT Law School, PLS is a great way to learn about the law, and best of all, it's absolutely free.

Please submit column suggestions, questions, and comments to Submission of potential topics does not create an attorney-client relationship, and any information submitted is subject to being included in future columns.

Marrs, Ellis & Hodge LLP,

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

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle