How to Prep for Your June LSAT Prep

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Thinking about the June LSAT? Wondering if it’s too early to start studying?

It is.

Classes start in March, and while a month of LSAT study time to get a head start may sound like a good idea, practicing before learning the proper approach can just reinforce bad habits and leave you worse off than not studying at all. Wait ‘till March; you’ll still have 3 months of class to study and prepare, and that’s more than enough time to learn the LSAT, and certainly more time than you should want to spend with the LSAT anyway.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things that you can do in the meantime (like getting used to one of the LSAT’s secret weapons – the double negative). Here are two activities that have a good carryover to performance on the exam and can be practiced already to help lay a solid foundation for your LSAT study:

Read. You may think you know how to read, but the LSAT will make you doubt it, as you reread a convoluted paragraph about polyps’ feeding behavior for the third time just to wrap your head around the ideas. Close reading of complex material is one of the most important skills on the LSAT. The test is written to confuse you, with complex sentence structure, abstract ideas, and the difference between the right and wrong answer often hinging on just one word, whether it said “only the” or “the only.” So start reading as much as you can, of the densest writing you can find. The Economist articles work great for this, plus you get to look smart reading The Economist. Academic articles from any field also work well, in fact the more foreign the subject matter to you the better. Make sure you go slow and try and summarize what you read.

Sudoku. Logic games are the bane of many a LSAT student’s study – unlike anything you’ve encountered before; they will be unfamiliar and intimidating. But Sudoku can help. This suggestion may be controversial, but I believe there is a high carryover of skill from Sudoku to Logic Games. They often follow a very similar deductive process, at least with the harder Sudoku, so it should help lay the foundation for the thought process of logic games. Most newspapers have them and you can find them easily online, so start playing around with some.

Lastly, don’t forget to sign-up for a Blueprint LSAT class, and while you’re at it, you should sign-up for the LSAT too – avoid being placed on a waitlist and sign-up early. And then March will be here before you know it, bringing the beginning of your journey through the logic of the LSAT. Good times ahead.

7 Responses

  1. William Witte says:

    Does LSAT score impact hiring prospects and future career opportunities? I mean beyond getting into better law schools, do firms and employers take your LSAT score into account too?

  2. jj says:

    few quick questions.. I took the exam for the first time this feb. Have a few applications pending at schools who will be using the exam I took this February when they ultimately make their decision. Sadly, I am not extremely confident I got an acceptable score. Despite this fact that I will have to follow through with the applications regardless. So two questions:

    1.) Will law schools “judge” me if I apply once with a weak score, and apply again the following year with a better score? That is, will my history of incompetence weigh against me?

    2.) Waiting another year is looking more likely (again, sadly) next application cycle I will be two years out of undergrad.. Should I be worried about starting late/waiting too long?

    • Hank says:

      Well you certainly didn’t do yourself any favors by waiting until the February exam and applying with an LSAT score you’re not happy with. Law schools don’t just look at your best score. They look at all of your scores. So you’d need to really dominate a future LSAT in hopes of raising your average score. Also, two years out from earning your undergrad is by no means waiting too long to apply to law school. It sounds like you need to hunker down and study extra hard for the June or October exam and apply as early as you can in the fall. Sometimes, trying to get everything done in February just doesn’t cut it.

      • jj says:

        You’re probably right. I thought I’d give myself as much time as possible to study. Should have held off on the apps. I’ll be studying for June most likely, applying to the same schools the minute they start accepting applications next fall, that is, if I don’t get in now with whatever score I do get. Also my schools report that they take the highest of the two scores so I don’t think averaging will be too much of an issue.

  3. Nashville Kid says:

    I have a subscription to the Economist and the NYT. Is it okay to use the BP Reading Comp method while reading these, even if they have more than three POVs? I love reading both, but feel that I could be using my reading time more efficiently to prepare for the LSAT. I think it may be helpful, especially for practicing the “marking up the passage” step. Thoughts, sensei?

    • Nick Rey says:

      The BP reading method certainly works with The Economist and the NYT, and can be practiced with either. And while you’re right that there are more efficient ways to prepare for the LSAT – like doing actually RC passages – this suggestion is just for initial practice to lay the foundation for the class. If you started doing RC passages now, you’d very likely run out of material come June – this allows you to practice the methods without burning through LSAT study material.

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