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Law Research Guide

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.

Practice Questions and Tests

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!

 

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.