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
[email protected]
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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 [email protected] 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 ([email protected]). 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). 

Poli Sci Pre-law News

PLS Alumni Starting Law School at Michigan, MSU and UDM

PLS Alumni Starting Law School at Michigan, MSU and UDM

Clockwise from top left: Zachary Richardson (UDM), Alexis Krichevsky (UDM), Tyler Hines (Michigan), Julian Sanders (MSU)

Sep 1, 2023

IR & PLS Alumni Attending Law School at FIU, Indiana and Tennessee

IR & PLS Alumni Attending Law School at FIU, Indiana and Tennessee

Clockwise from top left: Emma Everhart-Deckard (Indiana), Charlie Anderson (Indiana), Zachary Schmidt (Tennessee), Tyler Newland (FIU)

Sep 1, 2023

IR & PLS Alumni Heading to Wayne Law

IR & PLS Alumni Heading to Wayne Law

Clockwise from top left: Katie Koczak, Joel Pagel, Haris Kljuvic

Sep 1, 2023

PLS Alumni Heading to Law School (2 of 2)

PLS Alumni Heading to Law School (2 of 2)

Clockwise from top left: Alexa Aqwa, Henry Morris, Hannah Shorkey, Blake Yaeger, Abby Dood, Camilla Russo

Aug 17, 2022

PLS Alumni Starting Law School (1 of 2)

PLS Alumni Starting Law School (1 of 2)

Clockwise from top left: Mazie Broekema, Julian Sanders, Greydon Deal, Cheyann Scutt

Aug 17, 2022

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Events

Virtual Information Session: Fulbright US Student Program (English Teaching Assistantship and Study/Research)

May 30, 2024 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Interested in teaching English abroad as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA)? Curious about the Fulbright Study/Research (S/R) grants for US students seeking support for a year of funded graduate...

Virtual Information Session: Fulbright US Student Program (English Teaching Assistantship and Study/Research)

June 4, 2024 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Interested in teaching English abroad as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA)? Curious about the Fulbright Study/Research (S/R) grants for US students seeking support for a year of funded graduate...

Writing Workshop for all August 16 Deadline Fellowships (Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes)

July 7, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

You should have your essays for the Fulbright, Marshall and/or Rhodes Fellowships well underway! The internal GVSU deadline is August 16. It's not too late for feedback and guidance! If...

Writing Workshop for Fulbright US Student Program applicants (ETA and S/R)

July 25, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Have you begun work on your Fulbright U.S. Student Award essays? Would you welcome a review of the key components of the essays – and an opportunity to brainstorm opening sentences, paragraph...

Virtual Info Session: Gilman International Scholarship and other undergraduate fellowships that help with costs of study abroad - Interested in applying? Join me to learn more!

August 6, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join me to learn more about the Gilman International Scholarship and other fellowships (external, competitive, high-impact opportunities) that help to defray the cost of undergraduate study abroad! The...

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Spotlights

Kara Cook Spotlight

Kara Cook

Policy Advisor, Executive Office of Governor Whitmer

Mollie Smith Spotlight

Mollie Smith

Sales account manager at Learning Care Group in Novi, Michigan

Dorothy Sewe Spotlight

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Rebekah Bakker Spotlight

Rebekah Bakker

Rebekah Bakker, Business Development Manager at Custer, Inc.

Maro Houhanisin Spotlight

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

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