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In addition to offering year-round workshops, the Legal Services Center hosts an annual open-house event featuring a series of 1-hour workshops on legal issues that affect community members. This year’s event will offer “Know Your Rights” workshops in more than a dozen legal areas, and will provide participants with the resources they need to address the issues that concern them. The event is child-friendly and refreshments will be provided. Registration is not required, except for those interested in receiving tax assistance (to register for tax assistance, visit: Tax Assistance Registration Site). Come for an hour or stay the whole day! All are welcome.

People’s Law School 2017: Know Your Rights

This year’s People’s Law School event will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. The event will feature a series of 1-hour “Know Your Rights” workshops on a variety of legal topics and will be free and open to the public.

WHEN: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Legal Services Center, 122 Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (Orange Line, Stony Brook Stop)

This year’s event will feature the following “Know Your Rights” workshops: Please note that participants are welcome to attend any workshops of interest and are not confined to either track. Starred * workshops are offered in both English and Spanish.  Volunteers will provide Spanish interpreting in other workshops as requested.

10:00 – 11:00 AM Family Law 101
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Safety Net Programs: Social Security Disability, MassHealth and SNAP Benefits
12:00 – 1:00 PM Understanding State Veterans Benefits
1:00 – 2:00 PM VA Disability Benefits Basics
2:00 – 3:00 PM Disability & Self-employment: What you need to know if you want to start a business
3:00 – 4:00 PM Paying Taxes
4:00 – 5:00 PM Managing Your Student Loans
5:00 – 6:00 PM Debt & Bankruptcy
10:00 – 11:00 AM Tenant Rights in Massachusetts
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Immigration Rights* Part 1: Your Constitutional Rights and Rights when being Questioned or Detained by Immigration Officers (MIRA)
12:00 – 1:00 PM Naturalizing/Becoming a US Citizen* (Project Citizenship)
1:00 – 2:00 PM Immigration Rights* Part 2: Immigration Court, Detention, & forms of Immigration Relief (PAIR)
2:00 – 3:00 PM Making Your Voice Heard in the Massachusetts State House and Beyond
3:00 – 4:00 PM Peaceful Protesting*
4:00 – 5:00 PM Getting the Right Health Insurance for You
5:00 – 6:00 PM Working with Court Services

At the event, we will provide you with:

  • Resources packet
  • Family-friendly spaces and activities
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Free parking

We can also help you:

  • Prepare your taxes (To sign up for free tax assistance, visit
  • Get a library card
  • Open an email account
  • Register to vote
  • Receive additional resources

To request additional services or accommodations, email

Questions? Please email or call the Legal Services Center at (617) 522-3003 and ask for the People’s Law School Coordinator.

People’s Law School 2017 Partners

The Legal Services Center has proudly partnered with the following community organizations, initiatives and businesses to make People’s Law School 2017 a success:

If you would like to partner with us in providing legal information to community members, please email or call the Legal Services Center at (617) 522-3003 and ask for the People’s Law School Coordinator.


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