I am going to be junior next fall, and I have been deliberating whether or not I want to begin studying for my lsat next summer (July '09) or to just graduate in 2010, and being my classes that summer in time for the October exam; this way I will have a sufficent amount of time to study and prepare my applications. I already have all my professors consent for letters of rec and a terrific history professor who will edit my statement.
But I'm not sure if this is a prudent plan...should I begin my LSAT jounrey after graduating from college?
While the LSAT typically requires more preparation than the ACT or SAT, it's not that big of a monster. All you really need to do is get acquainted with the types of questions, and practice over and over. Granted, that takes a lot of time, but not an entire semester, and it's certainly not something you want to take off from an undergrad career to study for. And yeah, applications take a lot of time, but you find that you can easily adapt one application to fit many other schools.
I do, however, recommend a lighter courseload (if your schedule and major allows) when you start preparing for the LSAT. I tried to take 18 hours, work a part time job and stay involved in activities when I started studying, but it got to be too much.
And I don't think it's insane to start preparing for the LSAT after college (which I assume means you'd take a year off?) Taking time off made me appreciate school even more, and it helped give me an idea of whether or not I wanted to go into law and what I'd like to do in law.