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Biannual UH program brings law to masses

By Darryl Cleveland
Daily Cougar Staff

For local citizens interested in learning all there is to know about law, court will be in session this weekend at the UH Law Center.

The People's Law School, a collection of law classes for non-lawyers, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Krost Hall Auditorium in the UH Law Center.

UH law Professor Richard Alderman, the program's creator, refers to the People's Law School as "the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country."

Sponsored by the UH Law Center Consumer Law Project, the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Chronicle, the program has been in operation for more than 10 years. Classes are generally offered every October and April.

The People's Law School is intended to empower local citizens through knowledge of the law. The program is available free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

More than 40 attorneys, judges and law professors will volunteer their time to provide information on several areas of law, ranging from what to expect from attorneys to dealing with death and dying.

Each participant can choose three classes to attend, and in addition to the class instruction, will leave with supplemental materials for later reference.

The response from the public is usually very positive. "We have people who come twice every year," said Nancy Snyder-Nepo, research assistant and second-year law student.

"We have people that tell us inevitably that they wouldn't miss it," she said.

University Studies freshman Melissa Smith said, "I think it's really helpful because there are a lot of people walking around with misconceptions, and that could easily lead to trouble."

More than 850 law-hungry Houstonians have already registered for Saturday's classes. Anywhere from 500 to 600 are expected to attend.

Registration for this semester's People's Law School is already closed. However, those interested in attending can either contact the Consumer Law Center at (713) 743-2168 or wait until next semester to register for the October program.

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