The LEAP Program: 2 degrees, 6 years

The LEAP Program, developed by Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Michigan State University College of Law (MSU Law), provides an opportunity for GVSU's business undergraduate students to earn a bachelor of business administration degree (B.B.A.) and a juris doctor (J.D.) degree in about six years of full-time study. (3 years of business studies plus 3 years of legal studies)

This program is open only to students who matriculate as first-year students at GVSU. Students may apply anytime before their senior year.

How Does LEAP Work?

Interested GVSU students must complete required undergraduate courses in their first three years of study including all university-level requirements as well as the requirements of the B.B.A. program.

By March 1 of their junior year, LEAP candidates need to complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Students pursuing the J.D. program should achieve an LSAT score of 156 or above and have an aggregate GPA at GVSU of 3.5 or higher and satisfy any other current admission requirements of MSU Law.

Applicants should submit an admission application - including transcripts and letters of recommendation - to MSU Law by March 1 of their junior year; however, interested students may apply any time before their senior year.

Prior to a LEAP applicant's admission to MSU Law, a joint selection committee of GVSU and MSU Law professors confirm the completion of the required undergraduate components of the program.

LEAP Admissions Requirements


  • Apply anytime before your senior year for consideration for admission to LEAP
  • Complete a minimum of 96 credits at GVSU, including:
    • All GVSU university-level requirements
    • All Seidman core and cognate requirements
    • The requirements of a specific business major, typically general business

Earning the Bachelor's Degree

Upon admission to the law school, GVSU students would complete their undergraduate electives with law school courses. The B.B.A. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the number of credits at MSU Law necessary to complete the undergraduate program requirements. A minimum of 96 credits must be completed at GVSU.

What is MSU College of Law

In 1995, the Law College affiliated with MSU and relocated to the East Lansing campus. For 100 years, it continues to make vital contributions to the legal, commercial and industrial communities throughout the nation. MSU Law remains private and no public monies are used for its operation. More than 8,500 attorneys, judges, public officials and business executives are graduates of this college.

Earning the Law Degree

The law school courses the LEAP student takes to complete an undergraduate degree also count towards the J.D. degree. To earn a law degree, MSU Law students currently take 88 credit hours, 44 of which are required courses. Law student may opt to use a portion of their remaining 44 elective credit hours to specialize in a specific practice area. MSU Law at present offers concentrations and certificate programs.


  • Criminal Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Family Law
  • Environmental & Natural Resource Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property & Communications Law
  • International & Comparative Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Public Law & Regulation

Certificate Program

  • The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Program
  • Child & Family Advocacy
  • Indigenous Law

For More Information

For prompt response during business hours, individuals may call the Seidman Undergraduate Student Services at GVSU at (616) 331-7500, Tami Passeno (Coordinator of Grand Rapids Legal Centers) at (616) 331-6827 or MSU Law toll free at (800) 844-9352. Others may prefer to visit the college's respective websites:

MSU-LAW    www.law.msu.edu

For Benefits of the LEAP program download the 2005-2006 LEAP brochure.

Applications are available on-line or at the Seidman Undergraduate Office, 101B DeVos.

Page last modified November 15, 2012