The NCAA tournament has reached its final weekend, and you know what that means: It’s Final Four time.
It’s also time to kick your LSAT prep into high gear if you’re planning on taking the June LSAT. Also, most Blueprint LSAT Prep classes start this weekend. With that in mind, here are your final four tips for successful LSAT study.
Final Four June LSAT Prep Tip #1: Seeding isn’t destiny
This year’s Final Four features Wichita State, who entered the tourney as a 9 seed. That didn’t stop the Shockers (I know, right) from knocking off the No. 1 seed in their region, Gonzaga. (How long will it be before Gonzaga is talked about as a potential No. 1 seed again?) Syracuse and Michigan, two of the other Final Four representatives, entered as No. 4 seeds, and each also knocked off a 1 seed. The message is clear: Where you rank at the start doesn’t determine where you finish. The same goes for LSAT prep. You may not like your first LSAT practice test score, but your law school fate is not based on your first practice LSAT score. It’s about where you score in the end and you have more than two months to make that score a better one.
Final Four June LSAT Prep Tip #2: Consistent application of the right techniques breeds success
Syracuse made it to this year’s Final Four playing defense the way they always do: a 2-3 zone. Is it fun to watch? No. But they’ve shown that they can execute it well, and it’s clearly working for them. As you prepare for the LSAT, it’s important that you internalize the basic techniques for each kind of LSAT question. Have a step-by-step approach and stick to it. If you abandon your principles and swarm the LSAT question chaotically, you might leave a tempting wrong answer choice open for a jumper.
Final Four June LSAT Prep Tip #3: Don’t let setbacks bring you down
In last week’s victory over Duke, Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome leg injury. I’m struggling to think of the LSAT analogue; I think you’d have to gouge your eye out with a pencil to come close. Though his teammates were horrified by the injury, as they should be, they’ll nonetheless still compete hard for the national championship. And though Ware, of course, won’t join them on the court, he’s made the best of an awful situation and even joked about what happened on Letterman. As you study for the LSAT, you should be able to avoid physical injury, but you will have setbacks: a disappointing LSAT practice test score, or perhaps a kind of LSAT Logic Game that just drives you nuts. Keep pushing through it. Address whatever’s wrong and stay after your goal of a stellar LSAT score.
Final Four June LSAT Prep Tip #4: You’ve got to put in the work
Sure, there are Cinderella stories in each year’s NCAA tournament. But you have to make the tournament to be one, lest you be like Baylor and win the NIT to the tune of approximately no one caring. Things aren’t magically going to come together on LSAT test day. Michigan slumped in March, but they nonetheless developed their credentials as a solid team over the course of the whole season. You can’t cram for the LSAT, and it’s unwise to expect any LSAT test day miracles. So get cracking, now. Do it.