Preprofessional Studies (Prelaw)
Grand Valley's approach to prelaw encourages students to pursue majors that will complement their law degree while providing the diverse intellectual foundation necessary for success in the field of law.
Grand Valley has formal prelaw advising available to all students by professors Mark J. Richards, Kristine Mullendore, and John Uglietta, who advise students on courses and majors, the law school application process, the LSAT, and legal careers. For a detailed prelaw FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and contact information for the advisors, please visit gvsu.edu/prelaw/.
Students should pursue courses to enhance writing and analytic skills, and also take several classes related to law, as listed in the FAQ.
Prelaw students who complete a bachelor's degree and graduate from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) become attorneys. For more information, visit gvsu.edu/prelaw/.
Why Study Prelaw at Grand Valley?
Grand Valley has unique programs that give its prelaw students significant advantages:
- Business, legal studies, and political science majors have the opportunity to participate in the Legal Education Admissions Program (LEAP), which enables students to earn a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in about six years, saving a year of time and money.
- Grand Valley's Law Society student organization allows students to network and learn about law school admissions.
“Grand Valley's prelaw curriculum affords each student the opportunity to acquire the reasoning skills essential to performance and excellence in law school and subsequent legal careers.”
ADAM C. STURDIVANT
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MORITZ COLLEGE OF LAW '05 GRAND VALLEY POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR '02