1. Start early.
    Most law school applicants take the LSAT during the summer between their Junior and Senior year.  Applicants beyond their junior summer, plan to take the exam about one-year prior to your intended law school matriculation.  Once you have identified which LSAT administration you will take, start preparing for the test.  As a guidepost, most students spend at least a couple hours per day, for between 10 to 14 weeks, preparing for the LSAT. However, there are many ways to study for the test and individual learning and study habits differ, so prepare based on what works best for you.
  2. Explore your options.
    There are many ways to study for the LSAT: commercial preparation courses, one-on-one tutors, self-study with LSAT prep books and/or free online resources to name a few.  You should spend some time researching options and analyzing how they fit your learning style, motivation, and budget.  The LSAC’s website is a great place to start. (
  3. Commit to a study plan.
    To achieve your strongest LSAT 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 found on the LSAT and practice working through them.
  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.

Some LSAT preparation resources are available on the back side of this handout.

MSU College of Law does not endorse any specific LSAT Preparation program, but offers these links as a courtesy:

Blueprint LSAT Preparation (

JD Advising Inc. (

Kaplan, Inc. LSAT Prep (

Khan Academy (

LSAC Law Hub (

The Princeton Review (

TestMasters LSAT Preparation (

More test preparation options are available on the LSAC website at: