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

GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR 2019

October 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Explore your future at the annual Graduate School Fair hosted by the GVSU Career Center on October 23 from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the atrium of Henry Hall. Stop by to chat...

Checking Executive Power: The Role of State Attorneys General

October 24, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In an age of expansive executive power, what role do the states play in holding that power in check?  Political Science Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Alan Dunklow will talk about the important...

Thriving in the Job Market with your Humanities and Social Sciences Degree

October 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Distinguished Grand Valley Alumni from the humanities and social sciences discuss the paths they took from college into the real world. They will talk about how the diverse skills they gained through...

Water: A Vision in Dance - LIB 100 APPROVED!

October 28, 2019 7:30 PM

As rural workers left their farms to work in factories during the rise of industrial might in the 19th century, a new art form arose that emphasized nature over industry and led Romantic Era composers...

A CONVERSATION WITH GRAND RAPIDS MAYOR ROSALYNN BLISS

October 30, 2019 5:00 PM

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the first female mayor of Grand Rapids when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. She earned bachelor’s...

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News

Paul B. Henry Internship Announcement

September 30, 2019

Paul B. Henry Internship

GV Students Spend Summer Interning in DC

September 27, 2019

GVSU Political Science and International Relations Summer 2019 Internships

Political Science Tutoring

September 17, 2019

Weekly Group Tutoring Sessions Available for PLS 102, 103, 105, and 211

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

September 09, 2019

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

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