Now that the February LSAT has come and gone, many prospective applicants who haven’t taken the LSAT are beginning their preparation for the next test date, held this year on Monday, June 8. In this week’s post, we’ll discuss 16-week template preparation plans for three types of LSAT students.Before we get into the specifics for the three types of LSAT students we discuss below, there are two general thoughts on LSAT preparation applicable to all students.First, the backbone of any thorough LSAT preparation is to take full, timed practice tests. Although it is important to do targeted practice to address specific issues, full practice tests serve as a valuable diagnostic tool in addition to getting the student used to 35-minute sections and the sustained focus required to do well on all four scored sections. I advise my clients that they are likely not fully prepared until they have taken at least 30 full, timed practice tests.Second, the LSAT is not a test that rewards last-minute intense studying. We generally recommend that our clients spend at least three months (and in most cases, more than that) consistently studying for the LSAT, ideally devoting 10-15 hours per week. It is much better to do 150 hours of LSAT prep over 12 to 15 weeks than it is to try to cram 150 hours into the three weeks leading up to the test.
问题一： LSAT 考试究竟是什么?
• Substance: The LSAT was specifically designed to test the aptitude of applicants interested in studying law.According to the Law School Admission Council's website, "The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others."Analyzing, comparing and critically evaluating arguments is fundamental to the study and practice of law. As a law student, you will be asked to spot legal issues from a set of hypothetical facts and discuss the various legal consequences. You may also need to make policy arguments about the merits of certain laws and regulations.To excel on law school exams, you will need to have strong skills in analyzing, comparing, critically evaluating and drawing conclusions about arguments. Sound familiar? Those are the very skills the LSAT requires you to master.
Endurance and speed: The LSAT is also a test of endurance and speed. Composed of five multiple-choice sections, each 35-minutes long, and a 35-minute unscored writing sample, the LSAT is three-and-a-half hours of testing.At Harvard Law School, where I studied, in-class exams typically last between two and four hours, while eight hours are allotted for take-home exams. Note that bar exams last two days.You will need to become comfortable sustaining rigorous analysis and logical reasoning as a law student. The LSAT can help you build that critical thinking endurance.If the LSAT is a marathon in terms of endurance, it is also a sprint in terms of speed. You will have about one minute to answer each question if you divide your time equally between question types. That means you need to work efficiently and analyze problems quickly.Lawyers need to work hard and be good at thinking on their feet. This skill is not only applicable in dramatic courtroom scenes but also in depositions and negotiations, as well as when reviewing contracts and conducting due diligence. Clients charged by billable hours also appreciate efficiency.