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Law Research Guide: LSAT

This guide is an introduction to legal research for undergraduate students.

LSAT Basics

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized exam. LSAT score is one important factor many U.S. law school admission offices consider when reviewing applications.

Prep Courses

A number of companies offer online or in-person LSAT preparation courses. This listing does not endorse any of these programs but is provided to make it easier for students to consider their options.

Practice Questions and Tests

  • LSAC Free Test Prep Materials
    LSAC (the Law School Admission Council) offers free materials on their website including a sample test.

  • Offical LSAT Prep Tests
    From LSAC, these are official tests from the last few years you can purchase and take as practice tests.

  • LearningExpress Test Prep - LSAT (online)
    This online test preparation service offers logic games and practice exams. You may have to register to create an account, then  navigate to College Students > Graduate School Entrance Exams > LSAT Test Prep.

  • MelCat
    Use MeLCat to find and borrow LSAT prep books from other libraries. Search for "LSAT" as a keyword and look for publishers like Kaplan, McGraw-Hill, and Barrons.

LSAT Tips

You will do fine on the LSAT if you practice! There are plenty of practice materials out there, either low cost or free. If your'e not self-motivated, it may make sense for you to take an LSAT prep class. Here are some tips from an LSAT test veteran:

1. Practice at least once a day for about a month leading up to the exam. This might mean doing a section of a practice test book (untimed), reading about strategy, or taking a timed test. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. A little practice every day will get you ready for the long haul.

2. Don't spend a ton of time at once. You'll get tired. Spend 30-60 minutes each day at your practice.

3. Build up to taking an entire timed practice exam. (You can purchase these from LSAC.) Do a few sections from practice books at first, then work up to timing yourself on ONE part of the exam (logic games, reading, etc.). This will give you a strategy on how fast to move, and whether you have time to go back and re-do work.

4. When you're taking a timed test, circle questions that stump you and move on. Don't waste your time on one question when you could be answering five more. Go back and try to figure it out later if you have time. Every question is weighted the same, so you don't get extra points by figuring out a tough one.

5. Don't leave anything blank. At the very least make an educated guess on each question. Leaving it blank does you no good.

6. Analyze why you missed the questions you got wrong. What's the trick to answering that question? Was it something you didn't realize, or did you misread something?

7. If you find yourself getting frustrated with your practice that day, stop and do something else. Get a coffee or go for a walk. Your brain is tired and you aren't doing yourself any favors by continuing to frustrate yourself!