A few months ago, I said that I would write a post on how to study for the LSAT if anyone needed advice. A beautiful, smart, hard-working, and ambitious Delta Zeta sister sent an email requesting my LSAT study guide, and I am happy to share what I wrote to her here!
When I was preparing to go to law school, my first order of business was to talk to lawyers and law students. I gained as much knowledge as I could from their experiences, and they were incredibly helpful and candid about what they thought they had done well and what they had not done well in the application process. Then, I visited law schools to learn about what they offered and listen to what admissions officers were looking for in a good candidate. I also read The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert by Ann Levine, a book that gave a really good overview into the process. I may have turned to the blogosphere for more insight, but if my memory serves me correct, it was more detrimental than helpful for my purposes. Once I knew the basic elements about the law school admissions process, I plotted out my plan.
Perhaps the most important thing I learned from all my interviews, visits, and the book was to apply as early as possible. Why? Many (if not all) law schools accept on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are of being accepted. Essentially, a person who scores 168 on the LSAT and has a 3.8 GPA and applies in November will be against less competition than a person with the exact same statistics in February because there are more slots open in November than there are in February. Taking into consideration my desire to graduate one semester early, the required thesis I needed to complete, and a summer internship I planned, I decided to take the LSAT extremely early – February of my Junior year of college.
The LSAT studying began over six months in advance. From speaking with law students, I came to the conclusion that classes were not for me. In addition to the cost factor, I realized that I am very dedicated and committed to the goals I set forth for myself. The motivation required for LSAT self-studying was something that I had within myself, and I did not need the structure of a class to do so. If that is not you, that is fine! By all means, take a class! My friends in law school who chose to take LSAT prep classes recommend taking the classes offered by Blueprint or Testmasters.
Now that I have explained all of that, here are the nitty gritty details of my “secret” to improving my LSAT score by 20 points. I can explain the secret in three words: take the LSAT. Find every version of previous actual LSAT exams that you can (Amazon has a ton of them), sit down with a timer, and take the test exactly as you would the real exam. When you finish, score yourself and go over each question you found difficult and each question you did not get right. Do this over and over again until you complete every single one. If you want to intensify the process, try taking the test in a crowded area and give yourself less time than you will receive during your real-deal LSAT exam. For additional help and guidance, I personally turned to the PowerScore Bibles (Logic and Reading Comprehension). There are other great books out there that will explain how to answer certain questions and how to go about certain types of games, but the PowerScore Bibles were, in my opinion, the most comprehensive.
I hope you find this helpful!