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). 

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Events

Democracy 101 - Semester in Review: COVID and Community Engagement - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

December 2, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a presentation and discussion about how COVID has impacted this year in many different ways. Explore with us how gratitude and service can impact your daily life. INT 100/201 approved!...

Tea Time! - What Are We Thankful For?

December 3, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tea Time is a new addition to the CSLC's projects. Tea Time is a live feed that occurs biweekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. During our live feeds, our host and guest will discuss topics in current events...

GVSU Peer to Peer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative application

December 4, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As a part of the GVSU Presidential Partners in Action Against Racism effort, partners from across campus are working together to develop a peer-to-peer diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)...

Kasey Pipes: The Resurrection of Richard Nixon--Our Elder Statesman - INT 100 APPROVED!

December 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In August of 1974, Richard Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office. Nevertheless, within a decade of his resignation, Nixon found himself advising on campaign strategy, foreign...

Tea Time! - Perspectives, Acceptance, and Inclusion

December 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tea Time is a new addition to the CSLC's projects. Tea Time is a live feed that occurs biweekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. During our live feeds, our host and guest will discuss topics in current events...

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News

Giving Tuesday!

December 01, 2020

Giving Tuesday - GV in DC Endowed Scholarship

Retirement Tribute: Professor Richard Hiskes

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Rich Hiskes on his retirement.

Retirement Tribute: Professor Erika King

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Erika King on her retirement.

Judge Bocanegra Feature

November 10, 2020

Bocanegra was recently elected to serve as a Judge for the 58th District Court in Ottawa County.

Poll Workers Needed! Campus Compact Launches Effort to Staff Polling Places

August 19, 2020

Poll workers needed for 2020 election.

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