As I’ve mentioned on here many times, I’m applying to law school in the fall! While this is scary, and somewhat daunting, I am so so excited for this process, and figuring out where I will be for three years following the completion of my undergraduate education. I”m super studious, so I’m thrilled I get to further my education, especially in a field I feel passionate and excited about. Anyway, part of the application process is completing the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). This test is the holy grail of tests when it comes to having a strong chance of getting into a good school. While most schools do consider your entire app, the LSAT and GPA numbers need to be strong when considered against other applicants in the pool, for if they are not, your chances of admission are slightly more limited. Now that I’ve bored most of you with that information, I wanted to share how I’m studying for the test.
First, let me say that I planned originally to do an in-person study course. This, however, did not work with my schedule, as they either went past when I got out of school (and also too far in advance to truly be useful), or were nowhere near my hometown (where I am spending summer). So, I decided to read basically every LSAT forum out there, and figure out what worked for people who took the LSAT and got strong scores. What did I conclude? The best way to study on your own is to buy the three PowerScore Bibles (Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, Reading Comprehension), the Kaplan basic guide to the LSAT, and take every real LSAT you can get your hands on.
In addition to the recommended study aids by everyone I found online who scored between 172-180, I will be using the PDF, printable study guide from PowerScore. The awesome thing about their website is that once you create an account, you can print a study packet, which is broken down by how long until the test you have. I am doing the two-month study program so I can finish before returning to school to be an RA. This way for the month leading to my actual test day (October 3rd! Mean Girls reference, anyone?). I am so eager to get my score exactly where I need it to [hopefully] gain admission to my top choices, that I am dedicating most of my summer to studying. While this may seem hard to believe, studying at least three months in advance for all graduate-level schools is super important (LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT).
To start my prep, the guide suggested taking a cold LSAT (without preparation) in order to gauge where I need major improvement, where I’m already doing well, and familiarize myself with the sections of the exam. Taking a test cold can be difficult because if your score is really low, it can be really discouraging. Luckily, I’m pretty average when taking the test for the first time without any prep. This means I’m not dismally low, but I also have enough room to really improve with the appropriate prep.
Long story short, for my LSAT prep, I plan to follow the PowerScore guidelines for a two-month study schedule, and keep taking practice tests up until right around test day. I desperately want to do well on this test, but I have a bit of testing anxiety. As long as I study and really familiarize myself with the structure and basic vibe of the test, I’m usually okay. So here’s to a summer of LSAT prep!
Are you planning on attending a graduate, law, or medical program post-undergrad? If so, how do you plan to prepare?