How to Get Ready for the LSAT in 6 (Not) Easy Steps

The LSAT is a difficult test, but it’s also standardized; that means it’s the same, over and over again. You can use this knowledge to your advantage! Getting the best possible LSAT Prep is a matter of learning a new language; you’ll have to understand what the test writers are looking for when they ask questions, and you’ll need to know what correct answer choices look like. Getting fast at the LSAT—like being fast at anything else!—just means that you’ve gotten good at it.

With that in mind, here’s some ideas to help you plan out your attack and get ready for the LSAT:

  1. No matter what else you do, remember that your job—more than anything else—is to understand the LSAT. It really doesn’t matter how many questions you answer. It doesn’t matter how many practice tests you take. It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend hunched over a desk somewhere. The only thing that matters is how well you understand the test once test day comes. This is the thinking that made all the difference in my own Preparation. As you can see here, I did OK on the test, myself (hint: that link will show you some 180s).

  1. Plan for 3 months of study before you’re ready to test. As with all general rules, you may find that your needs dictate a slightly different amount. A few people may even benefit from twice that much time (and there are even some weirdos—you know who you are!— who can get LSAT-ready in less than that). But after a decade of teaching LSAT Prep, I’ve found that the vast majority of testers benefit from about 12-or-so weeks of study.

  1. Set aside 2-ish hours per day, 6 days per week. Again, your mileage may vary, but for most people, this is the right time allotment; it’s enough time to do meaningful work, but not so much as to make you hate the LSAT, and bubble sheets, and number two pencils, and logic, and YOUR WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE GOD WHY DO I EVEN WANT TO BE A LAWYER IN THE FIRST PLACE ANYWAY… See? That’s what you want to avoid.

  1. Follow some version of this schedule:

  • Saturday: Practice Test. At first, you may want to answer the questions without timing yourself (see #1 above). In the last 6 weeks or so before test day, you’ll probably want to begin timing yourself, so you can see how much you’ve learned—which is another way of saying that you’ll see how fast you’ve become.

  • Sunday: 1-2 LR sections, with full deconstructions for every question, plus review LR Section 1 from your Saturday test. Vary the workload depending on how well you can work through any amount of material. If you ever have to choose between quantity and quality, choose quality. Every time. Apply this thinking to each of your study sessions.

  • Monday: 1-2 Games sections, with full deconstructions for every question, plus review the Games from your Saturday test.

  • Tuesday: 1-2 RC sections, with full deconstructions for every question, plus review RC from Saturday test.

  • Wednesday: 1-2 LR sections, with full deconstructions for every question, plus review LR Section 2 from your Saturday test.

  • Thursday: LADIES’ CHOICE. Do what makes you feel right. No; that’s not getting us anywhere. Let me put it this way instead: Do 1 or 2 sections from any of the test’s subject areas. I know you’re going to want to do Games; every once in a while, make sure you do some Reading Comp, too.

  • Friday: OFF. All work and no play makes Jack a family-murderer. So, you know, take some time off.

  1. Every three weeks, schedule one or two study sessions for pure review. Those days, you’re not looking at any new material; you’re just going back over stuff that you’ve already done. Remember, this whole enterprise is about understanding the LSAT. If you can remember ever learning anything, you’ll recall that you did so by repetition. Repetition is the soul of learning. Repetition. Repetition. See? Seriously, doing the same thing over and over again is how you get good at it. This is as true of LSAT as it is of everything else.

  1. You know the test will take you time to Prepare for: pick your test date accordingly! When would it be easiest for you to commit to a schedule sort of like the one outlined here? Going with a 3-month schedule, these are your options each year:

  • March, April + May = ready for the June LSAT

  • July, August + September = ready for the Fall LSAT (it’s the end of September this year)

  • September, October + November = ready for the December LSAT

  • November, December + January = ready for the February LSAT

And that’s it!

OK, that’s totally not it; you’ve still got to go get your practice tests, commit to a study regimen, probably find a good coach to lead you through the process, and work, work, work. So let’s say this instead; now you have a start to getting your LSAT Prep off on the right foot.

I’d wish you good luck, but luck is for sissies. Get to it, and kick the LSAT where it counts (in the nuts).

About the Author

Yosepha Greenfield grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Yale, she was the Captain of the Women’s Basketball team and the starting point guard. Under her leadership, the team advanced to the NIT tournament for the first time in program history.

Throughout her academic, athletic, and professional career, Yosepha has dedicated herself to helping people become the best version of themselves. She has mentored several young female athletes, promoted the importance of fitness through children’s exercise videos and fitness startups, and now works to help as many students as possible achieve their admissions goals.

Yosepha is also a six-time National Champion in Tae Kwon Do.