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How to Study for the LSAT

Instructor: Laura Melega
Studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) can help students achieve a quality score towards admission to law school. Learn about study methods, how long it takes to be prepared, and resources available to make studying more effective.

Best Practices for LSAT Studying

The minimum study recommendation made by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which administers the LSAT, is for students to take at least one full timed practice test so they can become familiar with exam instructions, review the types of questions they should expect to see, and learn how to manage their time on test day.

Many schools' prelaw programs also suggest using practice tests - along with other test prep resources - to develop a daily study regimen, keeping in mind these key recommendations:

  • The LSAT is known for including more questions than a student can answer during the time allotted, so learning to answer questions as quickly as possible is vital.
  • Reviewing the answer explanations is also important so students can understand why their answer was incorrect and learn additional strategies for providing correct responses to challenging inquiries.

Some schools recommend beginning to study anywhere from three to eight months ahead of a test date. Students should expect to schedule 4-6 hours of study time per week, with the expectation of completing at least ten full exams under time constraints.

Available Study Resources

Students can access a previously administered LSAT exam, as well as logical reasoning, reading comprehension and analytical reasoning practice questions with explanations, on the LSAC website. Recommendations for approaching each question type are available here as well.

Commercial test prep companies administer timed LSAT exams online or at colleges and universities free of charge. They also offer old LSAT exams and sample questions in review materials available for purchase. Taking a fee-based LSAT review class from one of these companies is another viable study option for students who perform better after receiving classroom instruction and guided assignments.

Students who would like to combine the flexibility of studying on their own time with the expertise available from experienced instructors can consider Study.com's LSAT Test Online Prep & Review course, which includes more than 60 interactive video lessons and practice quizzes. These affordable resources are available 24/7, so students can study anytime on a mobile-friendly platform. They can also reach out to instructors if they have a question at any point during their studies.

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