Before you can even apply for law school you’ll have to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Like the SAT you took to get into FSU or the University of Utah, this test is going to require some amount of preparation.
If you want to be considered by the most prestigious schools, you’re going to need a stellar LSAT score to go along with your exemplary GPA. How can you best prepare for this outcome? Here are some basic guidelines to help you prep for the law school entrance exam.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing UC’s masters in health administration or a law degree from Harvard, you’re going to have to pass a test before you can gain admission to your school and program of choice. Either way, giving yourself enough time for preparation is the key to success.
For the LSAT, in particular, it is generally recommended that you allow for 3-4 months of study time prior to your test date, and that during this time you spend a minimum of about 5 hours per week on test prep (although some experts recommend as much as 9-10 hours weekly).
It sounds excessive, but if you want to get an acceptable score the first time you take the test (so you don’t have to keep studying and take it again), this is your best bet. Resign yourself now to the fact that you’re basically losing an entire semester to study for the LSAT and you’re sure to do better when you actually take the test.
Become a Hermit
You’re probably moving into the last year of your undergrad program and you’re likely keen to take it easy and live it up your senior year. Sorry, but if you want to attend law school you’ll have to skip the keggers and probably even study sessions with friends.
LSAT prep requires intensive focus, and even studying with friends who are also preparing for this test could cause you to veer off course. Our minds just don’t want to work that hard, and after hours of study they’ll seek any distraction.
Cloistering yourself for three months won’t be fun, but it is a necessary evil if you take your testing seriously. After all, isn’t three months of intensive study better than six months of phoning it in and having to sit for the LSAT twice to get the score you want?
Proper Prep Materials
Something most students don’t know is that all test materials aren’t created equally. So the companies that served you well when you took the SAT may not be the best choice when prepping for the LSAT.
Luckily, those who have gone before can give you the 411 on the best testing materials. Students and unbiased experts alike tend to lean toward PowerScore’s slate of test materials and online courses for study. At the very least, their ‘Logic Games Bible’ should help you to prepare for the difficult Analytical Reasoning section of the LSAT.
A tutor can be invaluable in a number of ways when it comes to test prep and law school questions in general. Where you’re going to get the most from this resource is when it comes to analyzing the results of mock tests. It’s not enough to determine the correct answers for test questions you missed – you also need to understand why your logic or reasoning was flawed in order to change the way you think.