People’s Law School

The University of Houston Law Center and Center for Consumer Law offered free, non-credit 50-minute classes to the public Saturday morning.  Volunteer lawyers, law professors and judges taught today’s People’s Law School to inform students about current Texas law in several areas.

“The purpose is to save you money and resolve conflict,” said Richard M. Alderman, Associate Dean and Dwight Olds Chair in Law and Director of the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Alderman also is known as “The People’s Lawyer” from television, radio and newspaper appearances.

“We want to give you information you can use forever,” Alderman said during the introduction to students before they headed to their registered classes.

Today’s free legal classes included information about wills and probate, taxes, finding an attorney, immigration, consumer law, criminal law, family law and elder law. Students  received handouts and free Consumer Law, Family Law and Elder Law handbooks based on Texas law from the Houston Bar Association.  They also got a free copy of  Know Your Rights! written by Alderman.

During an immigration class Saturday, it’s taking much longer now for entry applications from mainland China, India, Mexico and the Philippines, according to Josephine Sorgwe, Clinical Supervising Attorney, Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center.  For more information on the UH immigration clinic, call 713-743-2094. The immigration clinic is located at 4604 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas 77204-6060 or visit

“Immigration law is changing daily, ” said Sorgwe.

PLS students and public also can get free or affordable legal advice at the following places:

  1. Houston Lawyer Referral Service, which also sponsored today’s People’s Law School charges $20 for a 30 -minute private consultation.  Phone: 713-237-9429.
  2. Houston Volunteer Lawyers at 1111 Bagby Street offers free legal advice.  It is a service of the Houston Bar Association. Call 713-759-1133 or visit for more information.
  3. LegalLine is a telephone bank of lawyers. The public can call the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to speak with an attorney about their legal matter for free.  Consejos Legales is the first Thursday of every month to speak with a Spanish-speaking attorney from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  During these days and times, call 713-759-1133 or visit

For more information about The People’s Law School at the University of Houston, visit

—Carol Lim


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