Pre-Law

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
richardm@gvsu.edu
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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.

LEAP

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). 

Spotlights

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

Andrea Vanderkolk

Andrea Vanderkolk

Studies Arabic in Jordan

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

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News

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2014

Quinlyn Mork's paper, "Democracy in Ghana: A Product of Elite Construction?" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2013.

Marsh Recognized as 2014 PLS Outstanding Student

Marsh Recognized as 2014 PLS Outstanding Student

April 14, 2014

PLS major, Alissa Marsh Mack, is the 2014 Political Science Outstanding Student.

Leestma Wins Language Scholarship

Leestma Wins Language Scholarship

March 26, 2014

IR major David Leestma wins nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship.

Washington Center Deadline Extended

Washington Center Deadline Extended

March 21, 2014

The Washington Center confirms it is still accepting summer 2014 applications on a space-available basis.

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Events

Commencement

Commencement

April 26, 2014 3:00 PM

Commencement Ceremonies. Congratulations to our Political Science graduates!

Spring Classes Begin

Spring Classes Begin

May 5, 2014 All Day
Summer Classes Begin

Summer Classes Begin

June 23, 2014 All Day

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