Although law schools have different requirements for potential applicants, one of the most vital preliminary steps to entering law school, is taking the LSAT, the Law School Admissions Test, administered by the Law School Admissions Council. This is a score that all law schools require before granting admittance.
Although it is a standardized test, the test and the testing process is a good indicator of how well you will succeed in the law school of your choice. Do you have the motivation and patience to study for timed exams, for essay writing and for critical thinking? There are a number of options when it comes to studying for the LSAT. You can sign up for a review course, or you can study on your own with the help and resources of your public library. Although, to achieve the best score possible, it is recommended to study and learn from professionals who know the ins & outs of the exam.
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- June 2012 – Register by May 8th, May 18th for Late Registration.
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- February 2013 – Register by Jan. 13th (2013), Jan. 18th for Late Registration.
Choosing a professional test preparation program can help you focus your energy and time efficiently in preparation for the LSAT. Taking an LSAT review course allows you to learn from professionals, have open discussions in class, as well as take timed tests regularly to get a real understanding of the actual LSAT process. Here at Lincoln Law School of San Jose, we offer Bar study programs for the LSAT and the Cal Bar. Go to our website for more details.
If you decide to study on your own, make sure to use your public library.
Located only a few blocks away from Lincoln Law School of San Jose is the City of San Jose Public library.
With a San Jose Public Library card, you can access their legal databases & locate books & tutorial DVDs on the shelves.
Articles on legal issues, studies, and trends from 250+ law journals. For college level and up.
Online full-text access to legal reference books and forms, including Nolo books and various legal forms for consumers and small businesses.
Worksheets, tutorials, study guides for college students, including sample tests and practice books for the SAT, PSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, and LSAT.
- 340.076 & 378.16 – The Dewey Decimal Call numbers for LSAT study books, logic games, practical guides, etc. The same call numbers are applied to DVDs, & CD-ROMs. You can locate books in this call number at any public library in your neighborhood. Some libraries have test books in a special section, so make sure to double-check with a librarian if you don’t see anything on the shelves.
- Take a practice test from the book, or see if Kaplan/Princeton offer diagnostic tests. Have a family member or friend time you as if you were taking the real test. Grade yourself and see how well you did. Do you need to take the paid review sessions? Do you feel confident studying on your own?
- Take the practice tests multiple times before taking the real LSAT, time yourself according to the guidelines in the test prep book.
- Take the test in an environment similar to the actual test (the library for an example) to get accustomed to people fidgeting, coughing, finger tapping, and any other annoyances that will probably pop up during the test.