Lsat Study Skills

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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LSAT study skills are meant to help you achieve one thing and one thing only: admission into the law school of your choice. Your score on the test is not indicative of your innate intelligence, nor is it a reflection of how good a lawyer you will be. It is, however, a fairly accurate diagnostic of your potential success at a rigorous law school curriculum.

As with most standardized tests, your biggest asset when taking the LSAT is an insider's knowledge of the test, its structure, and its hidden secrets. To get this insider's perspective, it's usually best to enroll in some sort of test preparation or study skills course. A handful of applicants choose not to do this because of the financial or time commitment, but these students are the (very small) exception. Unless you have a compelling reason not to take a course to learn the test-taking skills you need, consider your enrollment mandatory.

What You'll Discover through Your LSAT Training

The first thing you'll learn when studying for the LSAT is how the test is designed. There are four major sections on any given LSAT: reading comprehension, logic games, and two segments of logical reasoning. You'll also find an essay portion that serves as a writing sample for admissions boards, who may choose to consider it or ignore it altogether.

The specific LSAT study skills you learn don't vary much from program to program, so it's often the little things about tutorial companies that can help you make your decision. Price is one factor, to be certain. You may, however, also find it a hassle to attend regular three-hour workshops several nights a week and may decide to go with a workbook-based program that doesn't require face-to-face contact. The downside to this, of course, is that there are no teachers available to field your questions or help guide you through challenging problems.

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