How long should you prepare for the LSAT?


When Should You Start Preparing For The LSAT?

Although this is the  way the  question is usually asked, there are  really two questions:

First, how long should you prepare?

Second, during what period of time should you prepare?

I have  already written a post about  when to take the LSAT (June with October as the second best choice.)

Therefore, this post  will  focus on the  length of time to prepare without knowing  whether you will have to take  the LSAT more than once.

Different people  have different ideas  about this,  but …

Your goal  is to both be prepared for the LSAT and feel that you are prepared for  the LSAT.

At the beginning of your LSAT prep (at least this is  how the people in my LSAT prep courses experience it) you will  find LSAT questions to be interesting, fun and exciting.  Let’s give  some credit  to  Law Services. They do a great  job of  constructing an interesting test.

During that initial  period where you find LSAT  prep interesting and exciting you will read the questions  with more interest and make  fewer reading and reasoning mistakes. (Remember that the LSAT is a test of “reading and reasoning” in context.) Sooner or later that period of interest and excitement will “wear off” and LSAT will become tedious. At the point that  it becomes tedious, you will make more  reading  mistakes, etc.

Hence, I am not a fan of presuming long periods of LSAT preparation.  You can always add time to your LSAT prep, but you can never subtract.

Conclusion: Start with a period of six to 12 weeks.
You can always add time if necessary. In addition, you should try to do your LSAT prep when you are not  in school. Remember, your job is to get the best grades that you can.

John Richardson