NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

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. 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.

The American Bar Association (ABA) has a pre-law section on their website that is helpful for pre-law students. Typically, the two most important law school admission criteria are a student's undergraduate GPA and their score on the Law School Admission test (LSAT).

Admission Criteria

  1. Jr. Status – Admission into most degree programs is at the Junior level (56 acceptable credits).
  2. Transfer Credits – MSU accepts a maximum of 60 credits from a community college.
  3. Scholarships – Students who have a 3.5 GPA from NMC should consult with their NMC advisor to discuss possible transfer scholarship opportunities at MSU.

Basic Requirements

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's degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".



ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


PHL 101

Intro to Philosophy (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)


Natural Science


Select 1 Biological Science and 1 Physical Science from the Natural Science List »


Social Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Social Science List »




MTH 121

College Algebra


MTH 122

Trigonometry (can be taken to satisfy MSU math graduation requirement – there are other options at MSU)


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.

Updated: Spring 2016

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