How much LSAT prep does it take to ensure that a law student will get a good score? The answer to that question is also the same one to “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
What is adequate LSAT prep for one person may not be enough for another. Conversely, what isn’t enough LSAT prep for one person may be plenty for someone else.
Does that mean that there is no way to gauge how much LSAT prep it takes to ensure that a student is ready for the test?
General Study Guidelines
Everyone has read or heard stories about child prodigies who graduated from college or medical school at an early age. Remember the TV show “Doogie Howser” with Neil Patrick Harris? He became a doctor before he hit puberty and even began to think about making Smurf movies.
However, these examples are definitely not the norm when talking about the world of LSAT prep. Although the proper amount of LSAT prep time will differ from person to person, it is generally agreed that at least one month of study is required.
Breaking Down the LSAT Prep Time
Although ever case is different, there are three general areas of study that can help a student in preparing for the LSAT. Preparation for logical reasoning, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension are critical in achieving a good LSAT score.
A student who is stronger in one of these three areas will not require as much LSAT prep time as another. However, as a general rule, an equivalent of one week of study and preparation for each LSAT area is recommended.
When you add another week of LSAT prep time to working on any areas where improvement is needed, it equates to one month.
Busy is as Busy Does
Another consideration in determining how much LSAT prep time is needed is a person’s schedule. Someone who works full-time and has a family will probably require a longer period of time to accommodate LSAT prep.
This doesn’t mean that this busy person needs two months of LSAT prep time. It simply means that to reach 160 hours of LSAT prep time, a busier person may have to stretch it out over a longer time period.
Planning is the Key
As an article on PreLawAdvisor.com mentions, no one plans to fail, as the saying goes; they just fail to plan. LSAT prep time is no different. Whether it takes a person two months of preparation or six months, that time has to be planned.
Budgeting is not just for money, so carving out planned LSAT prep time is paramount to achieving a good test score. In addition to planning on when to study for the LSAT, location and techniques must also be planned.
Do you need a month or do you need half a year of LSAT prep time? Only you can answer that question. But a little planning will help those answers come a little easier.