LSAT

The best source of information about the LSAT can be found on the Law School Admission Counsel’s website here

LSAT Test Dates

October 3, 2015

December 5, 2015

February 6, 2016

June 13, 2016

September 24, 2016

December 3, 2016

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR THE LSAT?

Start taking timed practice tests once a week.  Figure out why your wrong answers were wrong. Take the practice tests using a pencil, sitting at a little desk in order to simulate actual test conditions. Better yet, take the practice test in a library where people may be coughing and a cell phone may accidentally go off.

Form a reliable group to take turns proctoring/administering timed practice tests on a regular basis. Do this in a classroom. For a YouTube vido that will keep time for you go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIz1yd5r8nU.  The video has information about a timing app for your smart phone.

Read any of the following publications on a regular basis: The New York Times; Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Economist, The New York Review of Books. These will boost your vocabulary and comprehension. Read some of these on paper. After all, it is a paper and pencil test. Use a dictionary to look up the meaning of words you do not know.

Some students find it helpful to take the Logic course offered by the Philosophy Department

TEST PREP CLASSES AND TUTORS

Whether to take a test prep course or work with a tutor is an individual decision. Many students do just fine with self-preparation, but they are disciplined in methodically working through all aspects of the preparation materials and put in the required time. If you know you are not likely to do this, you may want to look at test prep courses. These services can cost between $200 – $1500. They range from a comprehensive four month long course, to tutorial sessions or a la carte services. Applicants will often ask “What is the best course?” That depends upon the effort you put into your preparation and the quality of the teacher. No one company or service has a monopoly on or guarantee of the best teachers.  Does your teacher help you develop critical thinking and logical reasoning skills? Or do they just teach you test strategies? Bates does not promote or endorse any specific test prep or tutoring service. As a service, BCDC does make available various companies’ promotional materials upon request. Any discounts or vouchers will be made available to juniors or seniors taking the test via an announcement on the Pre-Law Listserv.