LEAP

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 (richardm@gvsu.edu) 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

Sample Curriculum

First Year
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

Second Year
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

Third year
Two or three political science courses at 200-300 level
PLS 315 or 341 (B.S. majors)
Completion of general education courses
PLS internship
PLS capstone

Contact
For additional information on the program, please contact:
Professor Mark Richards
616/331-3457
richardm@gvsu.edu

News

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

October 07, 2014

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

June 25, 2014

Attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her clients who want the State of Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

View More News

Events

People's Law School

People's Law School

October 29, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

November 1, 2014 All Day

Join Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams (Associate Professor, Political Science), recipient of GVSU’s Mawby Fellowship for 2014-15, in a project comparing the philanthropic cultures of Grand Rapids and...

People's Law School

People's Law School

November 5, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

People's Law School

People's Law School

November 12, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Diversity Internship

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Diversity Internship

November 14, 2014 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities...

View all Events

Spotlights

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Tyler Nickerson

Tyler Nickerson

Advocating for Affordable Housing

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

View More Spotlights