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How to Prepare for the LSAT

September 27th, 2010 2 comments

As we approach the October LSAT, many prospective students anxiously trudge through prep work to achieve the best score possible.  Here are some tips for you brave souls:

  • Familiarize yourself with the questions.  Nothing is better than walking into the testing center knowing what to expect.
  • Know how you study best.  If you do best studying alone, then do not force yourself into a prep course.  If you need more structure, then a weekend or semester course might be a good option.   If it’s not broken, don’t change it!
  • Take your time on the analytical (logic games) section but allocate it appropriately!  Know where you can cut some corners and where you can’t.  This is best gauged through practice, time yourself once you start taking full practice tests.
  • Take as many practice tests as you can – Widener Law offers free simulated testing four times this year.  Visit http://law.widener.edu/Spiffs/WidenerLawHighlightsII/LSATPracticeExams.aspx for more information.

There are many options out there, do your research.  Along with the test prep companies, some local colleges offer weekend courses or provide personal tutors.  Although prep can be an expensive endeavor, remember that it holds significant weight in the Admissions process.  A high score can even place you in consideration for merit scholarships – is a $1,000 course worth a full scholarship to law school?  That’s a rhetorical question.

For those of you retaking the LSAT, each law school has its own standards for considering multiple scores.  Widener Law considers all LSAT scores, along with the average, but places greater emphasis on the high score.

As always, please feel free to email asdelpuerto@mail.widener.edu if you have any questions.  Happy testing!