Political science is a very popular major or minor for pre-law students (students who plan to attend law school). Political science provides students with an understanding of the state, national and international institutions that make law, and includes courses such as Constitutional Law I and II, International Law, and American Judicial Politics.
For information on pre-law in general at GVSU, see the GVSU pre-law website.
Political science professor Mark Richards is a pre-law advisor for GVSU students.
Mark Richards, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Political Science
1106 AuSable Hall
Professor Richards operates the Pre-law FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) site, which is highly recommended for anyone contemplating pre-law. Please visit for more information about pre-law at GVSU, the Law Society student organization, the LSAT, and links to many helpful pre-law resources.
The Legal Education Admission Programs (LEAP) provide an opportunity for GVSU's business, legal studies and political science undergraduate majors to earn bachelor's and juris doctor degrees in about six years of full-time study (three years of undergraduate studies plus three years of law school). The programs were developed by Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business, GVSU's Political Science Department, GVSU's Legal Studies program and Michigan State University College of Law (MSU Law). For more information, see the link for LEAP in the navigation bar on the left (for PLS LEAP), the Legal Studies site or the Seidman College of Business site.
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