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.
Political science professor Mark Richards is a pre-law advisor for GVSU students.
Mark Richards, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Political Science
1106 AuSable Hall
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.
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).
April 17, 2018
Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago
April 13, 2018
Bryce Hecht presents his research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago
April 09, 2018
Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2017
March 14, 2018
PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Tuesdays / Thursdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.
February 08, 2018
Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.