NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: University of Michigan - Main Campus

Program: Pre-Law

Since the University does not have a designated pre-law curriculum, students must choose a field of study that would lead to a Bachelors degree. Freshman and sophomore applicants should be working to fulfill prerequisites for their intended field of study and to meet the general academic requirements in liberal arts. Coursework should be chosen in Analytic/Problem Solving Skills, Critical Reading, Writing Skills, Oral Communication/Listening Abilities, General Research Skills, Task Organization/Management Skills, Public Service and Promotion of Justice.

At an early stage, students are urged to obtain a copy of the Pre-Law handbook prepared annually by the Association of American Law Schools. Most book stores have workbooks that students can purchase to assist in preparing for the Law School Admissions Test ( the LSAT). The LSAT attempts to measure the ability to understand and reason with verbal, quantitative, and symbolic materials and is generally taken in the spring of the Junior year.

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA – 3.0 if transferring as a Junior. 3.3 plus strong high school record if transferring after 1 year at NMC.
  2. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained Junior standing (54 credits)
  3. Credits Accepted – U of M accepts a maximum of 60 transferable credits.
  4. Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)-required of all students applying to law school, usually taken at the end of the Junior year or early in the Senior year.
  5. Transferable Courses – Courses with a GPA of 2.0 or above are considered for transfer.
  6. Pre-Law Handbook – Students are urged to obtain a copy of the Pre-Law handbook prepared by the Association of American Law School.
  7. Students are not required to have all the courses listed on this guide completed prior to admission to U of M.
  8. LSA Pre-Law Program Page | Preparing for Law School (American Bar Association) | Law School Admissions Council site |
  9. NEW! Transfer Bridges to UofM LSA - Mentorship and more!

Basic Requirements

This guide was developed for students choosing a major in the School of Literature, Science, and Arts ( LS&A)

The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill distribution requirements at U of M. 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.

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

English Composition


ENG 112

English Composition



Select 7 credits representing 2 departments from Humanities Area

Natural Science

Select 7 credits representing 2 departments from Natural Science Area including one LECTURE/LAB

Social Science

Select 7 credits representing 2 departments from Social Science Area


MTH 131 Probability and Statistics to meet MTA and Quantitative Reasoning at U of M

OR take Quantitative Reasoning at U of M


Foreign Language

Two years of 1 language. This requirement may be fulfilled in one of 3 ways:

  1. Completing the 2nd year of a college level foreign language.
  2. Passing the foreign language proficiency test given to entering U of M students during Orientation.
  3. Scoring 600 or higher on the College Entrance Exam Achievement Test.

Additional Courses
Choose 9 additional credits from at least 3 areas in the Distribution list, and electives as needed
If working to attain Junior status (54 credits), students may need to select additional credits.

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 2023