MAXIMIZE YOUR LSAT PREP
- Start early.
Figure out which LSAT administration you’re planning to take (bearing in mind that you should give yourself the opportunity to retake the test if you’re not happy with your score!), and start preparing months in advance. Most students typically spend between 10 to 14 weeks and at least a couple hours a day prepping for the LSAT. However, everyone’s learning and study habits are different so do what works best for you.
- Explore your options.
There are dozens of ways to study for the LSAT. From commercial prep courses to one-on-one tutors to buying prep books to using free online resources, you should spend some time looking at what’s out there and how it fits with your needs. Consider your learning style, how much you can afford to spend on prep materials, and what motivates you before you make a decision as to what option works best for you. A good starting place might be LSAC’s website since they are the architects behind the test and have even collaborated to provide free LSAT prep tools.
- Commit to a study plan.
If you’re interested in improving your score, you need to dedicate serious effort to LSAT prep. Your preparation needs to be a priority, so create a strategy and a timeline. Then stick to it.
- Get logical.
Most prospective law students find the logic questions the most challenging part of the test, so it’s important to get comfortable with the types of logic questions found on the LSAT and practice working through them. It’s a place where serious LSAT preppers can make significant improvements in their scores.
- Practice, practice, practice.
Your first practice test will give you a baseline for your performance so that you can set goals for score improvement. Subsequent practice tests will help you develop the stamina and skills to maximize your score. If you really want to get serious, take practice tests under simulated LSAT conditions. After all, you won’t be taking the real LSAT in your bedroom!
HINT: Past tests are out there. Find them. Use them.
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE LSAT?
Most applicants take the LSAT for the first time the summer between their junior and senior years. For those already out of undergrad, this means about a year prior to wanting to matriculate to law school. Law school applications open in the fall for the following year’s incoming class. Therefore, the earlier you can take the LSAT (scores are good for five years) for the first time prior to applications opening, the more opportunity you have to take the test again if you are not happy with your score and still get your application submitted early.
A good number of law schools (including MSU Law) operate on a rolling admissions basis and the earlier you submit your application, the better position you put yourself in for a timely decision and scholarship opportunities. As the application cycle gets into March and April (when law schools typically have application deadlines) there are usually fewer offers available for seats and scholarships. Therefore, take the LSAT early so that you can submit your application with a score you are happy with as early in the cycle as possible.