NMC transfer guide - MACRAO

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Pre-Law

Law school is a graduate program.

Students seeking to enter Law School will find there is NO prescribed undergraduate course of study that can be recommended for all students. Five MSU colleges (Arts & Letters, Business, Communication Arts & Science, James Madison, and Social Science) have pre-law programs, but students are free to choose any field of study that contains a rigorous, broad educational background leading to a bachelor's degree. Applicants should be taking courses that fulfill the requirements for their chosen field of study and the Basic University Requirements.

Pre-Law Handbook - At an early stage, students are urged to obtain a copy of the Pre-Law Handbook published by the Association of American Law Schools. The handbook states that the two most important law school admission criteria are the student's undergraduate GPA and the score on the Law School Admission test (LSAT). Although the handbook does not single out specific courses, it does point out skills which the LSAT attempts to measure.


  1. GPA - 2.8 or higher depending upon the selectivity of the major chosen. MSU computes all courses taken, all grades received, and all colleges attended.
  2. Jr. Status - Admission into most degree programs is at the Junior level (56 acceptable credits).
  3. Transfer Credits - 60-64 credits is the maximum amount of credits students should take at NMC. MSU requires that one half of degree requirements be completed at a 4-year school. Students who accumulate more than 60-64 credits at NMC are still held accountable for completing one half of their degree at a 4-year school.
  4. Scholarships - Students who have a 3.5 GPA from NMC should consult with their NMC counselor or advisor to discuss possible transfer scholarship opportunities at MSU.


The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. These courses may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Arts or Science degree at NMC. If your goal is to complete an Associate degree before transferring, see a counselor for assistance.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Choose 8 credits from the Humanities Division »

Special Note: NMC highly recommends that one your choices be either HST 111 or HST 112 U.S. History. Although it is not absolutely required, taking U.S. History eliminates having to take a special integrated writing course at MSU. Without a U.S. History course, transfer students can expect to take a IAH 201 at MSU.

PHL 101

Intro to Philosophy I - not required, but the thinking skills are excellent preparation for Pre-Law students.


PHL 105

Critical Thinking - not required, but excellent preparation for law school



View Science/Math Division requirements »

Social Science

Four semester credits equivalent to any 200-level ISS course at MSU. An additional 300-level social science course must be completed at MSU.

View Social Science Division requirements »


All MSU students must demonstrate a specific level of math competency. This can be met in one of the following three ways:

  1. Testing above the College Algebra level on a competency test taken at MSU
  2. Completing MTH 121 College Algebra at MSU
  3. Completing MTH 140 College Algebra & Trigonometry

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

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