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Many people giving prep advice, particularly people selling it, are a little over-concerned with making LSAT prep students feel good about what they are doing to prepare to take the test. We here at LSI are more concerned that you get the best score you can.

This means doing what you should do, even if you might break down in tears and throw your LSAT prep books across the room a few times during your LSAT prep.

We take our gloves off in this post and hit you with five harsh truths about what you are doing wrong to study for the LSAT.

Harsh Truth #1

You Aren’t Prepping Hard Enough 

I’d estimate that over 80% of the people I’ve spoken to over the years weren’t doing enough prep to max out their score on the LSAT.

Taking the LSAT is a skill. THE ONLY WAY TO GET BETTER AT A SKILL IS THROUGH INTENSE PRACTICE. Unless you are already getting a 180 on every practice test, you can benefit immensely from intense practice.

I have heard people say things like, “The LSAT is only 3 hours long, so I didn’t see the point in ever studying any longer than that any given day” or, “Your brain works best when you only prep for an hour, so I only study an hour each day. Quality is what counts.” This is all 100% pure, unadulterated nonsense.

Proper intense prep is closer to three hours plus on three days of the week and five hours plus at least two days of the week. See our study schedules for full recommendations.

Bear in mind this doesn’t mean you should study intensely each minute of the hours you devote to prep in a given day. Take plenty of little breaks throughout or space out the prep considerably over the course of a day. If prep feels like you are torturing yourself all the time, you are doing it wrong.

That said, it will take mental focus and commitment to make the required effort–LSAT prep isn’t easy. In my time observing LSAT prep students, the ones who were really serious and intense about it grossly outperformed the slackers on the real test and made way bigger improvements along the way.

When you prep for the LSAT, you are literally trying to foster new connections in the brain. Approach it like everyone else who is serious about getting better at a skill. Chess masters train intensely. Great tennis players train intensely. Great LSAT takers should train intensely as well.

To this end, make sure you look at the daily LSAT schedules we’ve set up. If you need a more detailed schedule, our LSAT Prep Schedules are perfect for highly motivated students. They won’t be easy, but that’s a good thing. If you aren’t up to the kind of self-motivated work involved in LSAT prep (and more so in law school), it’s best to know now. These premium LSAT study schedules are These intense schedules for motivated self-studiers use the Powerscore Bibles and all the best study materials currently available.

Following a rigorous schedule is a relatively small investment for potentially massive returns. 3 or 4 points either way on the LSAT can mean the difference between a large scholarship at your dream school or just getting in. It might be a long time before you earn this much money with that little work, so take the opportunity and get down to business.

Harsh Truth #2

You May Have Wasted Time & Money On Terrible LSAT Prep Materials

If you are new to the LSAT prep world, you can be excused for not knowing this, but some LSAT prep companies have a much better reputation than others.

Kaplan, Princeton Review, Barron’s, and McGraw-Hill are all companies that really have no business teaching the LSAT. They are just throwing a lot of advertising dollars around and trading on their reputation for helping high school students prep for the ACT/SAT to make a quick buck. Kaplan isn’t as bad as the rest of them, but they are still second-rate. It’s a bit like Nike making skateboards. This isn’t their niche.

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If you are thinking of going with these companies, don’t do it. No one is paying me to say this. Look around the internet, and you’ll see that other disinterested experts agree with me.

When I started my LSAT prep, I went out and bought everything that was at my local bookstore. Only later, when I wasn’t seeing the improvements that I was hoping to make, did I begin to do some serious research. I found that Powerscore’s Logic Games Bible was the top choice of most top-scorers. When my copy came in the mail, and I cracked it open, I quickly realized that it was hand’s down better than the other books that I had been using.

Even though I had already learned the Kaplan system, I decided to begin using PowerScore’s techniques instead. Only then did I begin to see real improvements in my LSAT score. Make the switch to better instructional materials, and you will see real benefits. Even if you are halfway or more through your LSAT studies, it isn’t too late to go over to a decent prep company. With logic games especially, it is of paramount importance that you have a good system. Diagramming logic games correctly helps you go faster, plain, and simple.

Go with books from a company that started in the LSAT world. Powerscore, Manhattan LSAT, Blueprint, Fox Test Prep – all of these companies carry good reputations for helping people get top scores on the LSAT. Of course, you also need a ton of actual, official LSAT Practice Tests.

Here is our list of LSAT books that we strongly recommend:

To learn how to get the most out of these materials, make sure to check our recommended study schedules.

Harsh Truth #3

That LSAT Prep Course Won’t Save You

Don’t Expect an LSAT Prep Course To Save You From Under-Preparing. I think many people sign up for an LSAT prep course and go on autopilot from there, lazily doing only some of the assignments and thinking that they are getting everything they need. This is even though every good LSAT prep course tells you outright THAT YOU HAVE TO DO PLENTY OF PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN.

Even the best LSAT courses are designed to complement self-study. They tend to run two months and stop well before the LSAT to allow you time to do plenty of full simulated practice tests before the actual date of the test.

Obviously, this is closely related to harsh truth #1 (you aren’t prepping hard enough), but I want to focus on the length of prep.

Incredibly, I saw lots of prep students who would complete the course then basically do nothing up until the test. What are you doing??? Your brain is going to totally atrophy in that last month!!!

I Feel Like I'm Taking Crazy Pills!

One month of prep is certainly not enough time to study for the LSAT.

Two months of prep is cutting it damn close, and doing two months right probably requires too much work such that you run the risk of burnout.

Say it with me: “I will study for the LSAT for at LEAST two and a half months or more. I. Will. Prep. For. Two. And. A. Half. Months. Or. More.

In my experience, I’ve found that a 3 month or 4 month LSAT Study Schedule seems to be ideal for most students. I don’t know why this seems to be the magic number exactly, but it works for most people. On the other hand, if you have significant outside commitments like a full-time job or a demanding college course load, you might want to spend 5 months or even 6 months studying for the LSAT

As LSAC notes, performance on the exam correlates strongly with length of prep, so don’t put off LSAT prep until there’s not enough time.

Harsh Truth #4

Your Practice Test Scores Might Be Inflated

You Can’t Expect To Hit Your PT average On The Day of the Real LSAT If You Don’t Simulate Exam Conditions. I was guilty of this sometimes during my LSAT prep, but really, don’t make it a habit.

If you’re doing simulated tests with only 4 sections and taking little breaks between sections to get up and stretch and get water, you aren’t really doing the test the way it will be on test day.

Obey the LSAT Dog

At least half the time you do full, simulated LSAT preptests, make sure you do it just how it will be on test day: add a fifth section from an older test to simulate an experimental section.

Do 3 timed sections without stopping, bam, bam, bam. Then take a break. After that, do two more timed sections without a break. Stop. You just did a simulated correctly.

If you don’t do this regularly, don’t expect to hit your practice test average on test day. You won’t have built up the proper stamina to think at full speed for the entire five sections. That said, it’s perfectly okay to often do just 4 sections with breaks in between.

My theory of test prep is that you have to get good at things under ideal conditions before you make it harder on yourself.

Harsh Truth #5

You Can’t Do Your Best On The LSAT If You Don’t Stop Partying All The Time

I saved perhaps the harshest truth for last…

I’m sorry if this makes you cry, but you just aren’t going to hit your top score on the LSAT if you are knocking your brain around by blacking out every Friday night. I don’t understand all of the science, but all signals indicate that drinking is terrible for the learning mind. If you are going to run at full speed, you have to cut out binge drinking for at least two months before the LSAT.

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I know this is especially painful because many of you are in your senior year of college and are trying to have fun with friends. Frankly, this is one of the reasons why I advocate taking a year off instead of going straight through to law school. If you’re a social butterfly & you want to enjoy your senior year of college to its fullest, you may want to seriously consider studying for the test later, when you won’t be missing out as much.

That said, it’s okay to go out and have a couple of drinks from time to time. What I’m really advocating is that you cut out the heavy drinking. Both of us totally abstained from drinking during LSAT prep, and we are convinced that we have never been smarter in our lives than when we walked into the LSAT on test day.

Don’t worry. The world will still be waiting for you when you get back from the LSAT. I had a huge martini as soon as I left the testing center, and it was the most satisfying drink I’ve ever had.


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CLOSING THOUGHTS

Now that I’ve played LSAT bad cop for a while let me point you toward some more soothing advice: how to relax and manage stress before the LSAT. While we aren’t your therapist, you may find it comforting that we are here to answer your LSAT and law school-related questions. If you need some real expert advice from someone who will give it to you straight up, ask us anything in the comments or on Twitter @onlawschool. Good luck!

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  1. Thank you for this! I just purchased the 6 month study schedule and these points are so accurate. I’ve always felt I’m not the strongest test taker and I plan on completely dedicating myself to prep. I took a course (which was great) but didn’t apply myself as much after class or with the homework. I was getting high 160’s on practice tests but when it counted I scored lower on the December LSAT. I am going to bite the bullet and follow the prep schedule and go for the June test. Thanks again, guys!

  2. I just wrapped up Testmasters, have been studying about 8 hours a day and have taken roughly 10 practice exams with the virtual proctor and still no where near what I need with a 3.5 GPA as a double major in science. I used to believe that it was possible to improve after continuous practice and review (especially having taken some of the upper division science courses) but that seems only to be related to science and math – NOT THE LSAT.

    I guess going to law school is meant for people who study 4 years in Poli Science, History or Philosophy. SUCKS!

  3. Hi,
    I appreciate the information you have shared on the LSAT and what a person needs to have their mind on if they want to do well in the profession. I’m retired and looking at going back to school because I enjoy the challenge. Being around people who will challenge me to research answers is something I have done all my life. What attracts me to law is the chance of getting to practice in the courtroom. I don’t know the first thing about how to get there but I like being prepared. I have hired attorneys in my lifetime that I have had to keep on track when we were trying to accomplish winning a lawsuit. Hopefully I can be better than that. So if you can afford school, where do you want to go? If you have all the time in the world to study, would you consider spending 6 months prep or a year? What would you use to measure your state or readiness ?

  4. Gabriela Denis on

    Hi,
    Found this to be super helpful as I was going to go on autopilot mode with a Kaplan course starting next week. Would you recommend the self-paced lsat prep course? Worth it or not? Preparing for the September exam

    Thanks!

  5. Hello! This is an awesome site, thanks so much for the information.
    I just finished a Kaplan course and after hearing they aren’t the best I’m a little concerned. My diagnosis was 161 and I’m still scoring around there after 5-6 weeks of mediocre practice. I’m aiming for 175+ (as high as possible!) and originally planned to take the the September test but may wait until December if I’m not doing well enough. Should I keep going with Kaplan and work harder or just throw it out and order the power score materials? I’m also wondering how long it’ll take to improve my score about 15+ points already having basic familiar with the test. On average I miss 5-7questions in lr, 5-7 in lg, 5-7 in rc. Is it possible to do that by the September test or should I push it back until December?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hey Sarah, did you ever get a reply? I also have the same question. I am taking the Kaplan course and am on my third week. They do provide a lot of resources such as having all the lsat practice tests but I’m also wondering if I should just go with the other books that were recommended for the purpose of learning the strategies? Josh and Evan~ plz respond!!!

  6. Madalyn Brooks on

    Does it matter tremendously if I use 2016 guides to study for a 2017 LSAT?? I am considering purchasing all of the books and doing a 6 month prep for the February 2017 LSAT – so does it matter a lot that the study materials are 2016 edition?

  7. Daniel Ramirez on

    What is your thoughts about Blue Print LSAT course? If I retake the LSAT Blue Print offers an online program or should I go with lawschooli? My concern is that I already am familiar with the Blue Print methods and my scores right now are around the low 160s.

  8. Hi,
    I’m a freshman in college and I honestly have no idea what direction I’m headed in as far as law school. I got a perfect score on the reading comprehension portion of the SAT in high school so I assumed I’d do well on the LSAT. I took a proctored practice test the other day (I think it was the 2008 October exam) and scored a 162. I was a bit disappointed but I really was fatigued by the end and did most poorly on the reading section which I thought I’d do best on. I have yet to study for the LSAT but I really would like to attend a T6 school. I’m at a 3.81 and a conservative estimate would be a 3.75 by the time I graduate. Also, my university offers a plan where I can get my masters degree in one year after obtaining my bachelors, should I take advantage of this opportunity and delay my application or should I apply during my senior year or should I do both? Your advice is greatly appreciated.

  9. I know this is very late to the article, but to answer questions about The LSAT Trainer – it’s the only book I used, and I am a HUGE fan of it. I did a quick rush 4 week cram study for the test, and I got a 170. Mike Kim does a great job of explaining concepts while keeping it entertaining. His Logic Games sections in particular were especially outstanding – again, I crammed it all into 4 weeks, and for the last two weeks I literally did not miss a single Games question out of the dozen or so tests I did (including the actual LSAT itself). You will not regret buying that book.

  10. Samantha Kaplan on

    Hi there,

    I’m very interested in your method and I’m looking to take the LSAT this upcoming June. I have noticed that all of the comments are from 2013 and I’m just wondering how current your information is on the prep methods you have discussed in all of your articles? Thanks so much in advance.

  11. Hi Fellas.

    Love the website and this article is great! I just finished reading “Getting Started on the LSAT” and it answered a number of questions for you in regard to how I want to prepare to take the exam in October. What I am still trying to decide though is the question of prep course vs. self-study? It turns out that a good buddy of mine recommended BluePrint, so I was happy to see that on your recommended prep courses, but their only classes are 2 hours away from me. Powerscore has a local class, but they don’t start until Aug 6 and after reading this article I plan to start studying in July. Do you have any recommendations on how to supplement during that time? I saw that you have a 12-week study plan, so maybe I could purchase that and just get rolling. What are your thoughts? I also, have already purchased “The LSAT Trainer” by Mike Kim. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

  12. I’ve heard that the LSAT is the most important admissions factor, but I’m not sure exactly how much to rely on it. I have a low GPA (below a 3.0 – ouch, I know) but solid (fairly academic) extracurricular things, and I’m hoping to score in the upper 170s. In your experience with law school applicants, would a person with a profile similar to mine have a shot at top schools?

    I’m also wondering how to manage your recommended practice schedule. Did either of you take the test during undergrad? If you did, any tips for scheduling study time? I’m testing in October and will be studying diligently, but I’m not sure I can consistently do 20+ hrs/wk with a summer job and especially classes in the fall.

  13. Hi Evan and Joshua! I started my prep five months out with a 172 diagnostic score. After 2 1/2 months, I got my personal best on a simulated test – a 178. Acknowledging that I still have a lot of work to do to make that kind of score consistent, what should I do in the week or so after a great practice test? Also, should I change the way I structure my studying from here on out so as to promote consistency without burnout or overthinking?

  14. Hey Evan and Josh,

    I’mlooking for a little reassurance (but only if I deserve it). I’m taking the June LSAT in 8 weeks. I am a year out of school and working full-time in finance, so 40 hours a week isn’t exactly enough to fit my job description. I must admit that I did slack off for quite sometime, reaching my hand into a barrel of excuses until I felt the stress creep in. So, with that out of the bag, I’ve been planning to take the test since early February, but didn’t begin seriously studying until the end of March.

    I am currently taking a course through the Princeton Review, which I read in another article on this site as not being one of the best. This is ok for me–I honestly feel it’s worth the investment in the sense that it keeps me on target, ensures that I am doing several sets of homework problems weekly, and provides me with several proctored practice tests.

    Basically, I want to review my study schedule and see if either of you have any advice/suggestions, especially since I’m cutting it a bit close. I have taken a diagnostic exam (three weeks ago) and scored 151. I would like to aim for 165, which is a significant jump, but I would be most comfortable in the early 160s. My class meets once a week for three hours, requiring about three hours of outside homework. As this is not nearly enough time, I am also self-studying by reading the Powerscore Bibles and have managed to complete one of the Bibles in around 6 days. I plan to continue reading at that rate, making my way through all three and mixing in plenty of drills. I also plan to practice test every single weekend that I am not already testing with the Princeton Review. In total, I find that I am making an effort to study around 3 hours on week nights and twice that on weekends.

    My current school of choice is in the top 35 (is that decent, relatively speaking?) and my undergrad GPA is among the 75% for the particular law school. Of course I would love to score a 170 to have a broader choice of schools, but wouldn’t everyone? In summary, I’m asking if it’s realistic to expect a jump higher than, say, ten points/if my study schedule seems adequate instead of my choice to go with Princeton/if I’m crazy for trying to fit the rest of my prep into less than a full eight weeks. I feel as if the answer to that last question is “yes.” SOS!

    Thanks guys! Sorry for the million questions!

  15. Hello! I’m so glad I’ve found you guys! Here’s my story… I’m finishing up my third year in biomedical engineering with dreams of going to med school, but nearly none of the med schools even consider international applicants. This is when I decided to put away my doctor dreams and began looking into graduate programs. In recent years, it became clear to me that doing business and law in the biomedical field would be increasingly profitable and in need of severe legal representation.
    So I wanted to ask you, how bad is it for international applicants out there in the law school world? My GPA is about a 3.7 and I haven’t taken the LSAT yet but you’ve definitely motivated me to get started asap!

    • I just purchased the lawschooli twelve week study program along with the study materials. I am slightly confused in that the schedule is advertised as being daily while it only appears to give you weekly assignments. Am I missing something? Also, you need to update this article as it does not say the schedule requires Mike Kim’s the LSAT Trainer. I had purchased all materials and then purchased the schedule and only then found out I was going to have to drop another $35. This was frustrating because it also meant setting my schedule back as I waited for the book to arrive. All things considered, I am excited to see where you’re apparently rigorous schedule takes me! Again, could you explain the discrepancy between its apparently being weekly while it is advertised as daily? Also, could you explain how I am to fill out the chart? Thanks for your help!

      -Colin

    • I just purchased the lawschooli twelve week study program along with the study materials. I am slightly confused in that the schedule is advertised as being daily while it only appears to give you weekly assignments. Am I missing something? Also, you need to update this article as it does not say the schedule requires Mike Kim’s the LSAT Trainer. I had purchased all materials and then purchased the schedule and only then found out I was going to have to drop another $35. This was frustrating because it also meant setting my schedule back as I waited for the book to arrive. All things considered, I am excited to see where you’re apparently rigorous schedule takes me! Again, could you explain the discrepancy between its apparently being weekly while it is advertised as daily? Also, could you explain how I am to fill out the chart? Thanks for your help!

        • Thanks for your help! I think I’ll stick with the original schedule however as so far I am a fan of the LSAT trainer and my summer is free enough that I can pretty easily fit in the added book.

      • As far as daily vs weekly…

        Because we want the schedule to be flexible enough for everyone to use it, we’ve broken down the assignments and have left it up to you to determine which day of the week you’d like to do them. Some people are busy on Monday & Wednesday. Others need to take the weekends off. Others want to work 7 days a week. By providing the assignments that needs to be completed each week, and allowing you to decide how you’d like to allocate those assignments throughout the week, you’ll have a schedule that works best for you (which means you’ll be much more likely to stick to it!)

        The assignments in the schedule take a varying amount of time, but as you work along you’ll quickly get a feel for how
        long each of these assignments is going to take. Follow the assignments in the order that they are laid out each week. It
        may help at the beginning of the week to try to slot them into the times you have available to study.

        In general, we tried to make the schedule conducive to alternating more intense study days with somewhat easier ones.
        Doing this helps you avoid burnout. However, when you study, try to study for at least an hour and focus only on the
        LSAT. Block email, Snapchat, Instagram, and everything else out while you study. Studies show that switching your
        attention interferes with the ability to focus and learn.

        If you have things remaining at the end of the week, do not panic. The schedule is designed to give you easier weeks to
        catch up on material.

        • I was glad to see your “study for at least an hour” as I have put in 12 hours between yesterday and today (in order to catch up as I am down to 11 weeks rather than the scheduled 12) and knew there was no way I could put in 6 hours a day for the next 11 weeks! I suppose myou original complaint was that I had no clue how long the assignments would take, however you were right and I have since gotten a feel for it. Thanks for your help!

  16. Hi Josh and Evan, I have bought all of the books you have recommended off of Amazon and also purchased your 4 month study schedule associated with the books. I am planning on taking the LSAT this year in October. I understand intensive studying is needed prior to the test and you think the 4 month studying schedule is the best one to participate in. Since I have time between now and June when I start on the actual schedule, what would you think would be most beneficial for me to do to prepare for the LSAT? I have more questions but I think they would be better suited for after you respond. Thanks!

  17. LaKesha Kenner on

    I want to work in the fiel of law but not actually be an attorney!!!! Crazy I know, I am thinking about getting my Masters in Law administration and they (University of Colorado) have a duel program that will allow you to get your JD,making the LSAT required. I’m planning to take the LSAT later this year but have no idea where to start can your guys help please?? I have a low GPA so I need to get a really good score to be admitted

  18. Hi, great article. I am 29 years old and considering both law school and grad school programs. I graduated from Arizona State with a bachelor’s in Justice Studies five years ago. My undergrad GPA was 3.1. I took a full simulated practice LSAT under exact test conditions in a class room a couple of years ago. I honestly took the test on a lark because it was free and I wanted to see how I would do, having never even looked at an LSAT sample question before. I scored 164, and my score was mainly brought down by the games section, which everyone says is the section that sees the most improvement with studying and test prep. So, I have two questions: 1) Given my base diagnostic score and the fact that my only weakness was games, is it reasonable to expect that I could at least raise my score into the 170s range? 2) If I could raise my score to that range, or even get over, say, 173 (I know that’s a reach, but I tend to do very well on standardized tests), would that score help me get into a higher tier school, even though my GPA was lackluster? My work experience over the years is unimpressive on paper and probably won’t count for much on an application, although some of the unpaid volunteer work I do in courtrooms may be noteworthy. I really only want to go to law school if I can get into an excellent program. If I do as well as I hope to on the LSAT, do I have a reasonable shot?

  19. Hello there. I am going to a nationally accredited, but not well known school in Florida. I have a 4.0 GPA but due to my school being called “Technical” it is said that my GPA will not matter. They say I will not even be considered. I am extremely dedicated and I am concentrating on getting the highest possible score on the LSAT. Any ideas on this? My school does not have a pre-law adviser so most of the research and questions I have to answer or find the answers to. What is your advice?

  20. Thank you for the info. Do you you have an updated list of materials or is the nine you mentioned still valid? Also I am planning on applying to the early deadlines next Fall, so when would you recommend taking the LSAT and should I leave time for a retake? Thank you.

  21. Dear Josh and Evan,

    For starters, this article was a great insight and really opened my eyes to what to anticipate. On the other hand, it really made me nervous beyond belief that I will not be ready to take the LSAT in 3.5 weeks. I needed to decide whether or not I wanted to pursue law school or get my paralegal license based on how my internship this summer went and decided to go for law school about 3.5 weeks ago.

    After reading this article, I was wondering if you had any advice for me regarding preparing myself more for the upcoming exam as well as what I should really focus on regarding my time constraint. Unfortunately, I have been studying for it using Barron’s prep book and have only gotten through the logical reasoning.

    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks for making this site!

    • 3 and a half weeks is not enough! Without question, I would withdraw and plan for a later date. The Barron’s book isn’t well-respected. Even though I think they have improved it somewhat, I would use the resources we suggest here.

  22. Retake-Indecision on

    Dear Evan/Josh,

    I am considering retaking the LSAT. I scored 170 on the February LSAT. Around two weeks ago, I took two timed practice tests and scored 170 and 169.

    My question to you: How long would it take to improve to a 173, in your estimation? I’ve flattered myself into thinking that a month’s worth of prep right before the December LSAT would suffice, but I am wary of overconfidence. Given your experience teaching and studying the LSAT, I figured you would have a better grasp on the time required to improve on a 97th percentile score.

    Thanks for the work you do on this site!

  23. Hi!

    I am kind of freaking out. So, I prepared hard core the first two months, I work full time, so I studies after work from 5-9 and sometimes 10. Then on the weekends I tried studying 8 hours a day. Needless to say, I burned out. I haven’t picked up the books in a month and my test is this Saturday.

    I read all of the Logic Games Bible and Logical Reasoning Bible, and I am still scoring horribly. Under 150. Being a lawyer is what I have always wanted to do, and now I feel my dreams are unattainable. A part of me wants to take the test this weekend, because well I paid for it and also to have an experience under my belt and then another part of me is afraid that I will do so poorly that I wasted 1/3 of my chances. Then I think, well, if I take it this weekend even if I do bad, I will have an experience and will be better prepared for December. Is this logical? What should I do? I live in Louisville, KY and Uofl is in the lower top 100 law schools in the nation. I do not really want to go to Uofl’s law school, I want to go somewhere else if I can help it, but with what I am scoring, even if I got accepted somewhere, I wouldn’t get any scholarships. I don’t want to make the mistake I made in high school, I have always regretted not trying hard or studying hard for the ACT, because if I did I would most likely have been debt free. Now that I am older and learned from my mistakes, I don’t want to try my hardest to get into a good law school with decent scholarship money. I don’t know. I am so confused right now, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

      • There is really no point in taking if you are not going to get a score you can live with. A score under a 150 won’t get you into any law school that makes financial sense to attend, so I strongly recommend you try at a later date if you want to attend law school. Withdraw and it doesn’t count as one of the 3 tries you are allowed in a 2 year period.

        Sign up for the test when you are sure you can devote the required time to study in an organized manner, following a sensible schedule. You can try one of our study schedules: https://lawschooli.com/shop/lsat-study-schedules/12-week/ or set your own. Remember that just going through the Bibles once is not going to be near enough. You have to practice a ton of real LSAT questions as well, and build up to doing quite a few practice tests.

        I hope this doesn’t come of as harsh, but if you can’t do this the right way, you are better off avoiding the law school path. It just gets harder from here. Still, if you tried hard for the first 2 months, you should be able to reset and do this right.

  24. I have reached an age, 44, where the benefits of spending 4 years attending law school is financially irresponsible for I am disabled receiving a fixed monthly income, and have a 15% chance of outliving cancer in the next 5 years. I have an MBA, and am finishing a master’s in taxation. I enjoy research and writing, but feel that a paralegal makes more sense. My mental obstacle is whether or not I will be well equipped to support an attorney, particularly in business, tax, trusts, and estate practice. Should I follow the JD, the paralegal courses, or work at Starbucks. I like the challenge of attaining admittance into, and graduation from law school. Realistically, time is against me, yet the personal goal of becoming an attorney is satisfaction for my ego. As you have been so kind in counseling others specific to LSAT preparation, and judging the merits of attaining a JD as a worthwhile goal. Maybe this should be a question best left to my psychiatrist, but I respect your unfettered advice. I welcome your thoughts.

  25. Hey guys,

    I am starting to prep for the December LSAT on Monday, September 15th. LSAT Prep should conclude with my last week ending test week. Do either of you feel that it is too short of time to effectively prep? It is exactly 12-weeks. I am considering buying the 12 week schedule you guys put together as structure is important to me. I will be self prepping.