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xander787:
First of all, I really hope this post is correctly placed and I'm not asking a question that has been answered hundreds of times already. If I am in the wrong place I'd appreciate a referral to a forum better suited for my question.

A little bit about me: Iím about to go into my first year at UCLA, currently declared as an Electrical Engineering major, but over the last year or so Iíve taken a pretty big interest in applying to law school after undergrad, and thus, have been doing quite a lot of research on the law school applications process and the LSATs. Iíve done a lot of research on study plans, information about the LSAT, and have even taken the June 2007 practice test to see where I currently falls. On the practice test I scored a 166, My end goal, as Iím sure is the same as many othersí, is to get that score to the mid-to-high 170s by the time I decide to take the test.

I wanted to ask about how much time to allot to studying for the LSAT. Iíve seen study plans/schedules of various lengths on sites like the lsatblog and elsewhere, but have heard differing opinions on long-term vs shorter term studying. Some have said that long-term studying can help to really set in all the information while others, such as the writer at lawschooli.com, have suggested that 3-4 months is the optimal time and anything in the longer term can have a negative impact on retention (I also wonder about the limited number of preptests available to study from having to be spread over longer periods of time). Does anyone have an opinion on this and a suggestion on the optimal amount of studying time?

Thanks so much for any and all input!

Miami88:
I'd say you take the test whenever you feel most prepared - no sooner. That will probably be, in terms of practice time, very different for each person. I'm not sure where lawschooli.com got their info from, but there are plenty of people - myself included - who have continued to score higher, more consistently with more time. I actually read somewhere that some LSAC rep said he recommends at least 6 months of study.

I spent about 2 months drilling technique/method until I was consistently scoring 180s on un-timed tests. I did not plan that, it just so happened to take me that long to get there. I then took 2-3 months to transition into timed tests and then another 2 months to transition to exact test conditions. By test day, I had taken just about every single test available and did not run out of tests. Remember, you MUST review every single test - in some cases multiple times.

I ended up scoring within my average LSAT PT band - albeit in the lower end of it.

Good luck!

Citylaw:
If I am reading your post correctly then you are a Freshman at UCLA. If that is the case do not worry about the LSAT until your junior or senior year of college for several reasons (1) You need to focus on getting a solid GPA (2) Have fun in College (3) Your LSAT score will expire by the time you can even apply and (4) by the time your a junior or senior in college you may have no desire to attend law school. (5) The LSAT is not going anywhere don't rush into it best time to take it assuming you even still want to attend law school is the summer of your Junior Year.

Overall right now don't worry about your LSAT it is to early in the game and you can score a 180 on your LSAT, but if you neglect your undergrad studies and finish with a 2.1 GPA your SOL. Additionally, you can retake the LSAT, but you cannot change your undergrad GPA so focus on getting the best grades you can now and worry about the LSAT later it is not going anywhere.

Your enthusiasm is great, but if your only a freshman college it is misplaced and you need to focus on what you are doing now particularly if this is your first month or so in college many students have a poor first year in college, which later impacts their grad school opportunities don't let them happen to you because you were to busy studying for the LSAT.

Good luck with everything and if law school ends up being what you want in a few years I wish you the best.

mrshello:

--- Quote from: Miami88 on September 08, 2013, 10:21:35 AM ---I'd say you take the test whenever you feel most prepared - no sooner. That will probably be, in terms of practice time, very different for each person. I'm not sure where lawschooli.com got their info from, but there are plenty of people - myself included - who have continued to score higher, more consistently with more time. I actually read somewhere that some LSAC rep said he recommends at least 6 months of study.

I spent about 2 months drilling technique/method until I was consistently scoring 180s on un-timed tests. I did not plan that, it just so happened to take me that long to get there. I then took 2-3 months to transition into timed tests and then another 2 months to transition to exact test conditions. By test day, I had taken just about every single test available and did not run out of tests. Remember, you MUST review every single test - in some cases multiple times.

I ended up scoring within my average LSAT PT band - albeit in the lower end of it.

Good luck!

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I intend to work on LSAT-related materials everyday. 2 fully timed test every week. Working with specific sections and where I went wrong on other days. Also, working with BenchPrep online LSAT prep program. In essence, I intend to work on the LSAT an hour or an hour and half on "light" days and full tests and two hours additional review on "weekends." I'm working to break into 170 this December  (UPDATE: I initially said I was gonna take it this October) and my diagnostic (under real time and conditions) is 147. 

Miami88:
Going from 147 to over 170 is ambitious to say the least. I'm not saying its impossible - but you may find a month to be a little bit of a time crunch. If you truly think you can do it - id consider post-poning the test until February, or even June. If you don't think that is realistic, then take the test when you feel completely ready...

Good luck!

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