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

Study Abroad FIRST STEP Meeting

August 28, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in studying abroad? Attend a Study Abroad First Step Meeting! These information sessions go over all the basics of study abroad including how to pick a program, funding, academic information...

Political Science and International Relations Internship Information Meeting

August 28, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

With… Professor Polly Diven, Director of International Relations Professor Donald Zinman, Coordinator, Political Science Internships Internship available locally and in Washington,...

Study Abroad FIRST STEP Meeting

September 4, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in studying abroad? Attend a Study Abroad First Step Meeting! These information sessions go over all the basics of study abroad including how to pick a program, funding, academic information...

Study Abroad FIRST STEP Meeting

September 11, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in studying abroad? Attend a Study Abroad First Step Meeting! These information sessions go over all the basics of study abroad including how to pick a program, funding, academic information...

Study Abroad Open House + ICE CREAM social

September 13, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thinking about studying abroad? Join the Padnos International Center for an ice cream social and open house! You can start browsing study abroad programs and learn about scholarship opportunities! Ice...

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News

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

August 19, 2019

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

GVSU Students Participate in the National Security Seminar

August 14, 2019

GVSU Students Participate in the National Security Seminar

Professor Gasim Provides Expert Analysis of Developments in Yemen

July 29, 2019

Dr. Gamal Gasim, Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies, has been quoted and interviewed in multiple news outlets recently about the UAE's announcement of a troop reduction in Yemen

Greendyk and Pattison win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

May 01, 2019

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2018

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

April 11, 2019

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

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