We asked members of the Rutgers Law School community in an Instagram Q&A for their best advice for taking the LSAT. Take a look at their top tips for succeeding from the people who lived it.
- "Timed practice exams every single day."
- "Practice tests galore!"
- "Practice tests. Practice tests. Practice tests. Practice tests. Practice tests. Practice tests."
- "Taking it over and over and timed practice problems."
The stock answer is that taking practice exams using actual past LSAT questions under timed conditions is statistically the single best technique to improve one’s score. However, learning the underlying principles of logical analysis while an undergrad will help not just with the LSAT, but with succeeding in law school as well. So, take an informal logic class (which will help immensely with the Logical Reasoning section) and a formal logic class (sometimes called symbolic or mathematical logic). After all, the overwhelming majority of us who wrote and reviewed items where philosophy graduate students and Ph.D.s who taught those courses.
Get to Know the Material
- "What helps on test day is feeling like you've seen this type of test before."
- "Explaining and discussing the answers to anyone who will listen (thanks, mom!)"
- "Start LSAT prep early–not just a month before the LSAT."
Find Your Favorite Study Habits
- "Dedicating a small amount of time at the same time every day to practice."
- "Strictly timed practice exams on early mornings with friends who were also preparing for the LSAT."
- "Studying alone."
Start about 6 months before the exam, focus, take practice exams as if you were taking the real thing, and don't burn out!
Consider a Prep Course
- "A prep course really helped me."
- "I really preferred the online version of a prep course."
- "A prep course... and taking many deep breaths."
- "Invest in an LSAT prep course or practice old LSAT exams on LSAC.org."
Your LSAT prep should include researching the law admissions process and LSAT timeline through LSAC.org months in advance since there are strict deadlines for LSAT registration.
- "Stay hydrated. Dehydration impairs cognitive functioning."
- "Sleeping well the night before."
- "Not having a concussion."
- "Burying my head in the sand and not comparing myself to others"
- "Less stress = better score."