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).
October 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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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...
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...
January 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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February 21, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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September 24, 2018
Grand Valley staff and students host events on voter registration and elections.
June 19, 2018
Professors Polly Diven and John Constantelos visited Tirana, Albania to deliver a public lecture and connect with alumni.
April 23, 2018
Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award