So, you want to write the LSAT?
It’s daunting, I know. Having just written the LSAT this past weekend, here’s my advice;
1) If you do not have a sound reason for applying to law school, don’t waste your time (and money) writing the LSAT. Law school shouldn’t be a fall-back plan if you don’t know what else to do. It is a big commitment and you should understand that fully before you continue.
2) PREPARE. Don’t go into the exam without having thoroughly reviewed for it. Prep courses are one way to go, but if you don’t have several hundred extra dollars floating around then find some good books (LSAT Logic Games Bible is a staple) or download some .pdf’s online. You don’t want to be the person that leaves at the break because they didn’t take the exam seriously.
3) Write practice exams! Find somewhere quiet and, using your analogue watch, write the exam under the appropriate time constraints. Again, these can be purchased or found in .pdf form online.
4) Familiarize yourself with the format of the exam. Learn about the “experimental section” and understand what the written section is all about. Learn what you are allowed to bring into your exam (analogue watch, water) and what you’re not allowed to bring (cell phone, purse).
5) Create a study schedule. Decide what you’re going to study and when. Then stick with it. It is easy to put it off, but in the end hard work will really pay off.
Most importantly, be committed, stay calm and do the best you can.