MSU College of Law


MAXIMIZE YOUR LSAT PREP

TOP TIPS

  1. Start early.
    Figure out which LSAT you’re planning to take (and bear in mind that you should give yourself the opportunity to retake the test if you’re not happy with your score!), and start preparing months in advance.
    How many months? Well, it depends. How many hours per week will you have to devote to LSAT prep? Will you be studying with a group or using a course? We’d recommend devoting significant time to the LSAT for at least three months.
  2. Explore your options.
    There are dozens of ways to study for the LSAT. From commercial prep courses to one-on-one tutors to study groups to using free online resources, you should spend some time looking at what’s out there and how it fits with your needs. Consider your learning style, how much you can afford to spend on prep materials, and what motivates you before you make a decision. 
  3. Commit to a study plan.
    If you’re interested in improving your score, you need to dedicate serious effort to LSAT prep. Your preparation needs to be a priority, so create a strategy and a timeline. Then stick to it.
  4. Get logical.
    Most prospective law students find the logic questions the most challenging part of the test, so it’s important to get comfortable with the types of logic questions and practice working through them. It’s a place where serious LSAT preppers can make significant improvements in their scores.
  5. Practice, practice, practice.
    Your first practice test will give you a baseline for your performance so that you can set goals for score improvement. Subsequent practice tests will help you develop the stamina and skills to maximize your score.
    If you really want to get serious, take practice tests under simulated LSAT conditions. After all, you won’t be taking the real LSAT in your bedroom!
    HINT: The past tests are out there. Find them. Use them.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE LSAT? 

If you're applying to start law school in the following fall, it's best to take the LSAT in June or early fall.  By waiting until the December LSAT, you forfeit the opportunity to re-take if your optimal score is not achieved.

Most law schools (including MSU Law) make scholarship decisions early in the application cycle. If you delay your application due to a late test-taking, you might very well miss the scholarship deadline. Even a stronger LSAT score can't necessarily help you if all the scholarship money has already been awarded, so take the LSAT early so that you can submit your application early!