Courses that prepare students to take the LSAT are available at many postsecondary institutions. They are also offered by many private organizations in on-campus, self-study and online formats. These courses are typically offered as standalone courses and may vary in length from a few days to a few months. Students in these courses have either completed an undergraduate degree or are in their final year of undergraduate study, and are preparing to enter law school. Here is an outline of common concepts taught:
- Evaluating the various sections of the test and specifically what the reviewers are looking for
- Perfecting logic and analytical skills
- Practicing comprehension of texts of varying degrees of difficulty
- Reviewing written communication skills
- Fine-tuning test-taking skills
List of LSAT Prep Course Topics
An LSAT course reviews past LSAT tests to teach students about the various sections and what questions to expect on the test. Students learn about each type of question and the typical set up of the test. Homework may also be given to help students supplement what they learn in the class work.
The writing section of the LSAT is not a graded section, but is still covered in an LSAT course. Law schools typically use the writing section of the test as part of the evaluation for admission. LSAT courses usually offer some work on writing skills, but this may not be a large focus of the course since it is not a graded portion of the test that affects the overall LSAT score.
Logic games make up much of the course because two sections of the test focus on logic and reasoning. Games are structured to help students practice analyzing situations, making decisions and comparing information. Through the games students learn to organize, evaluate and manage information given to come to a logical conclusion.
An LSAT course offers multiple opportunities to take practice tests. Most courses will use old LSAT tests as the practice tests and set students up in an environment that mimics an actual LSAT testing area. This helps students to get a good idea of exactly what will happen when they take the real test. Practice tests allows students to work through test anxieties and understand where they may need more study or practice.