LSAT: The Basics

Here are some tips to get your LSAT studies started.

  • Take a Diagnostic LSAT
    • The June 2007 was the first practice LSAT I took. It’s free online, just go here, print it out, and get ready to feel your brain come alive.
    • Don’t panic! Your score might not be what you were expecting, but it’s ok, you can improve it!
  • Decide which LSAT you want to take
    • Realistically, you want to give yourself at least 3-4 months to study.
    • The LSAT is administered 4 times per year, typically on a Saturday. For those of you who observe Sabbath, you’re given the option to take it on Monday. The September/October, December, and February LSATs are given in the morning, June is given in the afternoon.
    • The February LSAT is undisclosed. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of signing up for this one, especially if you want to know how you did on each section.
    • For more information on the LSAT, visit LSAC. I suggest you create an account as early as you can so you can check out your testing center, adviser for your university, and information on schools you may be interested in.
  • Self-Study or a Course?
    • This is a question you have to ask yourself. I know self-study seems intimidating, but there are good resources out there. I strongly suggest you give self-study a try before deciding on a course, mainly because LSAT courses tend to be costly. If you feel that you’re not completely grasping a concept, consider getting a tutor or purchasing a course.
    • I love the PowerScore LSAT bibles! I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended them to every friend who has asked me for LSAT advice. I also love the workbooks, they’re great to test your skills once you’ve completed the bibles! Check them out on Amazon.
    • I received a logic games book from Blueprint as a gift a while back. I haven’t really used this book because I was focusing on the bibles, but it does a good job at explaining logic games in an approachable way, and it has quite a bit of games too. It comes with access to blueprint’s online resources.
    • I recently learned about 7sage after a friend took their course. This might be a good option for those of you who are set on taking a course, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. They have a course option for $179, and they also have free resources available. I created a free account, it includes logic games explanations, test scoring, and a proctor.
  • Create a Study Schedule
    • You are going to need time to learn the concepts without burning yourself out in the process. Make sure to give yourself a day off every week.
    • You need to know what works for you. If your chosen test date is 4 months away, I would suggest studying 2-3 hours per day 4-5 times per week. This might seem like a lot, but keep in mind you might use one of your study days to review concepts you need to reinforce. This is what works for me, but adjust it to your needs and preferences.
    • Set aside a day to take practice LSATs too, preferably Saturday mornings so you can start getting used to this.
    • If you’ll be using the bibles, PowerScore has study schedules you can follow. Use them as a guideline, but add your own touch to them.
  • Additional Tips
    • Don’t hate this test. It’s definitely challenging and intimidating, but it’s also an awesome learning experience!
    • We all learn at our own pace and we all have different goals for this test. Offer constructive criticism to yourself and others.
    • Get a journal to document your progress, hours studied, and goals for the week/month.
    • Treat yourself to the little things you enjoy, like a cup of your favorite tea and a couple of minutes to yourself.

I truly cannot say this enough, it’s very important for you to figure out what works for you. I hope this gives you a good idea of what you need to do to get started on your studies. Make sure to check out Lattes and Gavels on Instagram to see new posts and a more personal view of my LSAT studies.

2 thoughts on “LSAT: The Basics

  1. This is great advice, especially the portion about setting aside regular time for practice tests. If taking a test becomes part of a Saturday morning routine, it’s not that bad when test day finally comes around.


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