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).

MSU Pre-law majors

  1. Humanities (Strongly recommended to work with MSU when selecting courses for this major)
  2. Political Science

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".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


PHL 105

Critical Thinking (major 1 - not required for major 2 but recommended to prepare for the LSAT and law school)


PHL 201, 202

Ethics & Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas (major 1)


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Natural Science List


Social Science


PLS 101

Intro to American Politics (major 2)


PLS 132, 211 or 222

Comparative Politics, International Relations or Intro to Political Theory (major 2)


SOC 231

Deviance and Criminal Behavior (major 1)


Select 1 course representing a department other than SOC (major 1) or PLS (major 2)




Options to complete MSU math requirement at NMC:


1: MTH 121, 122

College Algebra and Trigonometry


2: MTH 121, 131

College Algebra and Intro to Probability and Statistics


additional requirements

Required Classes



CJ 101, 242

Intro to Criminal Justice & Evidence and Criminal Procedures


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: Summer 2023