School of Criminal Justice

Major Activities

Legal Studies Scholarships and Student Organizations



Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society

The Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society at Grand Valley State University recognizes and promotes high scholarship among students actively engaged in collegiate preparation for professional service in the fields of criminal justice and legal studies. For further information on Grand Valley State University’s Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, visit the Alpha Phi Sigma website.

GVSU Law Society

The GVSU Law Society provides students with information and opportunities related to law school and legal professions, including careers as paralegal professionals and attorneys, while helping students develop a relationship with legal professionals within the community. For further information on Grand Valley State University’s Law Society, visit the GVSU Law Society Homepage.


The following is a list of scholarships for which Legal Studies students may be eligible. It includes scholarships offered through Grand Valley as well as scholarships offered by external groups. For general financial aid and scholarship information contact Grand Valley’s Office of Financial Aid. Application deadlines for scholarships vary.

 Grand Rapids Bar Association

The Grand Rapids Bar Association is announcing an exciting opportunity for students interested in taking the October or December  2013 Law School Admission Test (“LSAT”): The Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative of Grand Rapids has funded LSAT Scholarships to pay for the cost of preparing for and taking the LSAT admission test.

The LSAT Scholarships include: (1) the LSAT test fee; (2) the Law School Admissions Counsel Credential Assembly Service fees for providing LSAT reports to law schools; and (3) an LSAT prep course provided by an approved test preparation service (e.g. Kaplan).

To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant should qualify under one or more of the categories of diversity: “Race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, language, age, disability, marital and parental status, geographic origin, and socioeconomic background.”

Further information about the scholarships and application materials are available on the homepage of the Grand Rapids Bar Association,, under the title “Applications for LSAT Fees and LSAT Preparation Course Scholarships are now being accepted through June 1, 2014. Click here for more information.”

Mullendore Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Scholarship

Kristine Mullendore graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1977, with a Juris Doctor degree, and held positions with the Michigan Court of Appeals, as well as working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Kent County. Since 1995, she has been an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice/ Legal Studies program at GVSU. James M. Mullendore received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Virginia School Of Law 1975, and since then has been in private legal practice in Greenville, Michigan. Both James and Kristine are active members of the Michigan Bar. The purpose of the Mullendore Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Scholarship is to recognize and reward students who major in either Legal Studies or Criminal Justice with the intention of entering and contributing to the legal profession, as well as demonstrating financial need. The Mullendores also hope to encourage the students to participate in international educational opportunities.

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Paralegal Section of the Michigan Bar Association Scholarship

The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section presents at least two non-renewable tuition/books-only scholarships. For the year 2009, the scholarships ranged from $250 to $1,000. For details and a current scholarship application, see:

NFPA/ Thomson Reuters Scholarships

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations and Thomson Reuters sponsor a scholarship competition. In 2009 scholarship awards were $3,500 for first prize and $1,500 for second price. For further details see the NFPA website and click on the link for Awards and Scholarships under News and Events:

NALS of West Michigan Scholarship

Applications for this $500 scholarship awarded by the West Michigan chapter of the National Association for Legal Professionals are typically due in the fall of each year. For further information, visit the chapter website:

Warner, Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant Scholarship

This scholarship for a student of “ethnic minority status majoring in paralegal studies” is administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. A description of the scholarship and a scholarship application are on the Foundation web site:

Legal Assistants Section of Grand Rapids Bar Association Scholarship

The Legal Assistants Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association offers an annual scholarship to students majoring in Legal Studies or Paralegal Studies at Grand Valley and several other West Michigan universities. Applications are generally due on the last Friday of May each year. For 2012 the deadline in June 8. Application material can be found at





CONTACT THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE (616) 331-3234 Office of Financial Aid.  Application deadlines for scholarships vary.








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