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Pre-Law and Political Science

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.

Pre-Law Advising
Political science professor Mark Richards is a pre-law advisor for GVSU students.
Contact information:
Mark Richards, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Political Science
1106 AuSable Hall
(616) 331-3457

Pre-Law FAQ
Professor Richards maintains 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.


Enjoy a new degree of success and distinguish yourself academically and professionally by earning both a bachelor's degree from GVSU Political Science and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Michigan State University College of Law (MSU Law). 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 plus three years of law school). 


Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

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Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

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We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.

PLS 325 Winter 2018

PLS 325 Winter 2018

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PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

May 19, 2017

Gabrielle Lewis and Estefany Paniagua-Pardo are the winners of the John T. Batchelder Scholarship.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

May 12, 2017

Audrey Tappenden received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

May 08, 2017

GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.

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Justice and Healing for Victims of Genocide and Sexual Slavery: The Case of the Yazidis on November 20, 2017

Justice and Healing for Victims of Genocide and Sexual Slavery: The Case of the Yazidis

November 20, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Justice and Healing for Victims of Genocide and Sexual Slavery: The Case of the Yazidis November 20 from 5-7pm at the Loosemore Auditorium. Ms. Nadia Murad Basee Taha, UN Goodwill Ambassador...

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers on November 27, 2017

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

November 27, 2017 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers. The deadline to apply is November 27. Apply via the LAC website: Volunteering...

PPLC Flyer on February 8, 2018

Public Policy and Leadership Conference

February 8, 2018 All Day

The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) seeks to provide students from underrepresented, underserved, low socioeconomic status areas access and opportunity to graduate programs focused on...

Outstanding Paper Award on March 13, 2018

Outstanding Paper Award

March 13, 2018 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our fifth annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...

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