This isn’t the kind of test where you can be walking through campus one day and see a sign on a building saying, “LSAT. TODAY AT NOON,” and then say, “why not?” and take it. For one thing, LSAC doesn’t let you do this (you have to register in advance), and second, you would get an absolutely horrible score way below what you are capable of. Everyone needs some study to do well on the LSAT, but how long should you study for the lsat?
How Long Should I Study for the LSAT?
There is probably no perfect answer for everyone when it comes to how long to study for lsat. The ideal length of study for you depends on individual circumstances. These factors include whether you have a job & how long you can maintain focus.
To master the LSAT, you have to learn how to do stuff that isn’t easy for your brain. The goal is to learn techniques that help you do these problems quickly and accurately. If that got you all the way there, this would be easy. However, you have to go beyond that. Not only do you have to learn how to attack LSAT problems, but you also have to practice these techniques until they become automatic. It takes time and repetition to establish these habits.
Almost without exception, every LSAT prep student should read prep books AND work through hundreds of published LSAT questions. Instead of reading prep books on your own, you may take a course that will provide you with study materials. In any case, you still want to do as many real LSAT problems as you can.
How Many Months Should I Study for the LSAT?
How long does it take to refine these techniques until they become habits? You could obviously study for the LSAT forever. However, preparing for the LSAT slowly over a long period of time is not the best approach. The major prep companies and I agree on this: more concentrated prep is better than very long drawn out prep. 3 months is about the optimal amount of time to study for the LSAT.
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I did a 12-week schedule nearly identical to this while working a full-time job. However, my job was flexible and seldom required OT. If you work a full-time job, you might have to extend your study schedule to five or six months. An extended schedule allows you to cover the same amount of material, without devoting too many hours every day to LSAT prep.
What is the minimum amount of time to study for the LSAT?
Someone with no job and nothing to do besides study could conceivably get through all this in eight weeks. However, don’t try this unless you have a stellar attention span. Trust me; a three-month schedule is intense enough as it is.
My strong recommendation is that you should wait until you can devote 3 months to prep. I don’t think the brain can make all the connections it needs in anything under an 8-week schedule.
How Many Hours a Day Should You Study for the LSAT?
So, how many hours should you study for the LSAT every day? How many hours a week should you study? The answer to these questions depends on how many months you are preparing for the test.
In order to maximize your LSAT score, you should plan on studying for a total of 250-350 hours.
In order to fit 250 to 350 hours of LSAT prep into a 3 month period, you’ll need to spend between 20 and 30 hours a week studying. If you study 5 days a week, that means you’ll need to study for the LSAT for approximately 4 to 6 hours a day.
On a 4-month schedule, your aim would be to study for between 15 and 22 hours every week, which comes out to between 3 and 4.5 hours per day, if you study 5 days each week.
If take 5 months to study for the LSAT, you’d need to spend between 12 to 18 hours every week, on average. This means you’d need to spend between 2.5 and 3.5 hours a day studying, 5 days a week.
If you are on an extended 6-month schedule, you only need to study a manageable 10 to 15 hours per week. Spending 2 to 3 hours a day on LSAT prep, 5 days a week, would be enough time to be fully prepared by the end of six months.