Enjoy a new degree of success and distinguish yourself academically and professionally by earning both a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor (JD). The Legal Education Admission Program (LEAP) provides an opportunity for GVSU's political science undergraduate students to earn both degrees in about six years of full-time study (three years of political science studies plus three years of legal studies). The program was developed by Grand Valley State University's Political Science Department and Michigan State University College of Law (MSU Law).
Students accepted into the program may combine their last year of political science undergraduate work at GVSU with their first year of law school at MSU Law, thereby saving a year in both time and money. Interested students complete a minimum of 91 credits comprising the required undergraduate courses in their first three years of study at GVSU. This includes all university-level requirements as well as the requirements for the political science major. Upon admission to the law school, PLS students complete their undergraduate electives with law school courses. Up to 29 credits of MSU Law work in which the student earned a 2.0 or above will be accepted. The BS/BA will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the number of credits and requirements necessary for the undergraduate program. It is anticipated that MSU Law will admit up to five GVSU PLS LEAP students each year.
Interested students may apply to LEAP after they have accumulated 30 credits or more with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. Prospective LEAP students are encouraged to meet with Professor Mark Richards during their first year at GVSU.
Students planning to apply to MSU Law under LEAP should plan to take the LSAT in the summer before their junior year, or in September of their junior year, and must not apply to MSU Law later than March 1 of their junior year. Application to MSU Law by January 1, with a complete application by January 20, is recommended. Applicants must also register with the LSAC CAS.
LEAP Admissions Requirements
1. Matriculate as a first-year student at GVSU
2. Political Science Major
(There are other LEAP programs for Legal Studies and Business majors.)
3. Accumulate at least 30 credits
4. GPA of 3.6 or above
5. To apply, send an e-mail to Professor Richards (email@example.com) with your:
name, major(s), current GPA and number of credits,
e-mail address, and phone number.
MSU Law Requirements for LEAP
1. Complete at least 91 credits at GVSU
2. Complete all GVSU university-level requirements
3. Complete all GVSU PLS major and cognate requirements
4. GPA of 3.6 or above
5. LSAT score of 156 or above
6. Any other current MSU law requirements
PLS 102 and 103
A writing skills course
One or two humanities/arts general education courses
One or two science general education courses
Electives (or foreign language)
One PLS course at 200 level
Three or four PLS courses at 200-300 level
STA 215 and SS 300/PLS 300 (B.S. majors)
One or two general education courses
Electives or foreign language
Additional writing skills if needed
Two or three political science courses at 200-300 level
PLS 315 or 341 (B.S. majors)
Completion of general education courses
For additional information on the program, please contact:
Professor Mark Richards
February 05, 2016
Registration for Student Scholars Day is opening soon! REMEMBER: it is so important that you showcase your academic work! Do not miss this amazing opportunity!
January 26, 2016
The Political Science Department is proud to announce Professor Miller-Adam's research was a leading influence in the White House this past week! Download her book here!
January 22, 2016
The Political Science Department is proud to announce the publication of Professor Donald Zinman's book: The Heir Apparent Presidency
December 15, 2015
The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, building on the work of Professor Andy Schlewitz, received a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect oral histories of Michigan migrant workers.
November 17, 2015
Political Science minor Mollie Smith founds BRCAn't Stop Me.
As a part of the Great Decisions Global Discussion Series, Mr.Goei, the former owner of Eastern Floral who now leads Michigan's Office for New Americans discussed how Michigan receives the third...
The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our third annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...
The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2016 session. Students may also...
When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained for...
Though 70% of Americans believe the U.S. should prevent mass atrocities world wide, according to a recent study by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, how do we do it? Dr. O'Bannon discusses...