Ever since I first thought about going to law school, I have been curious as to what studying for the LSAT would be like.
Now, actually studying for the LSAT is not nearly as glamorous or fun as Elle and her sorority girls make it out to be in Legally Blonde. The LSAT is a skills-based exam, which means that you can actually learn how to take the test successfully. The more you practice and the more you study, the more likely you will be successful on the actual test day. Which means you need to practice and study quite a bit.
Depending on what your method of studying is will depend on how much you will study and for how long. There are many options for study programs. You can purchase a course where you will actually be taught the skills of the LSAT or you can buy a study book that will help you study on your own. The different courses you can purchase depend on your needs, preferences, budget, and time.
As most of you know, the LSAT is only offered 4 times a year. Each course/preparation material will have a schedule for studying based around those 4 exams. If you have 3+ months you should have enough time to take a long course through Kaplan or Princeton Review. If you have 6-8 weeks you will have to look at either shorter courses or teaching yourself with your own study materials.
One of the most important aspects of studying for the LSAT is taking a plethora of practice tests. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Even if you learn all of the different types of questions, if you learn the different strategies to read through the questions and games, if you do not practice your timing and endurance you will not be as successful as you could be on this test. As someone who is having to retake the LSAT because I did not prepare as well the first time, trust me you want to prepare successfully the first time so you only have to sit through it once.
Written By: Alexis Atkins
2012-2013 PreLaw Program Ambassador