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 Advising Guide
Our pre-law advising guide is an excellent starting point for any GVSU student interested in pre-law. 

Pre-Law FAQ
Professor Mark Richards of the Political Science Department 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, GVSU courses in law, the Law Society student organization, the LSAT, and links to many helpful pre-law resources.

GVSU Pre-law Google Group
All GVSU students interest in pre-law should join the GVSU Pre-law Google group to receive periodic e-mail updates.

1. Sign into your GVSU student e-mail. Make sure you are signed out of any other Google accounts. 

2. Send a message to gvsuprelaw+subscribe@mail.gvsu.edu and leave everything else blank. Delete your signature.

3. Look for a message in your GVSU student e-mail with subject “Join request for gvsuprelaw”

4. Open the “Join request email” and click the blue “Join This Group” button. If adding from a mobile device you may need to click desktop version in the footer.

5. Once your request has been approved, you will receive a message confirming you have been added to the group

6. If you have any problems joining the group you can email Dr. Mark Richards for assistance (richardm@mail.gvsu.edu). You can unsubscribe at any time.

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). 

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Events

Mno'Chigewin-Cultural Teachings with Jason Wesaw: (1 of 4) Continuing talking circles with Indigenous knowledge keeper

January 20, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

We will be continuing the work we started last academic year with cultural teachings from a local Indigenous knowledge keepers. This will be a special time to gather, find community, and build...

Elijah Anderson: Black in White Space INT 100/201 APPROVED!

January 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Powerful stereotypes of “the ghetto,” long-entrenched in generations of Americans’ psyche, continue to permeate. Today, routine activities, like birdwatching in Central Park or jogging...

Italian Movie Night

January 24, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join us from 7-9 in MAK A2117 for an Italian movie. All welcome! Free popcorn! RSVP on LakerLink

MHA, MPA, MPNL Online Information Session

January 25, 2022 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Grand Valley State University Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Public Administration (MPA),  and Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Program...

STEM Opportunities Information Session

January 26, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Curious about opportunities for summer internships in STEM fields? Seeking information about prestigious, competitive fellowships for undergraduate STEM majors that help to defray the cost of undergraduate...

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News

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Apply for the Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship today!

Dec 15, 2021

Alumni Heading to Law School

Alumni Heading to Law School

Clockwise from top left: Marie Edouard, Jenia Thompson, Madeline Clark, Lauren Moine, Ethan Haughie, Alexys Neal

Aug 2, 2021

LEAP Students to Attend MSU Law

LEAP Students to Attend MSU Law

Political Science LEAP students Marissa Accardo (l) and Nick Raak (r) will start at MSU Law this fall.

Aug 2, 2021

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

The department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to have four of our students participating in TWCs summer program. 

Jul 19, 2021

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Congratulations to Shireen Salam!

Jun 22, 2021

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