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

Human Rights Movie Series: Thelma & Louise

October 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing...

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

October 22, 2018 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Winter 2019 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

Human Rights Movie Series: Inglorious Bastards

November 15, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES It is the first year of Germany's occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Visitor

January 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Kite Runner

February 21, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Afghani immigrant Amir is summoned from his California home to Pakistan by Rahim Khan, an old, dying friend of his father....

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News

Voter Registration Week at GVSU

September 24, 2018

Grand Valley staff and students host events on voter registration and elections.

Hank Meijer Presentation at GVSU

September 19, 2018

Hank Meijer Presentation at GVSU

Professors Lecture in Albania

June 19, 2018

Professors Polly Diven and John Constantelos visited Tirana, Albania to deliver a public lecture and connect with alumni.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 23, 2018

Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

Hannah Patrick Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 17, 2018

Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

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