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Save Money Preparing for the LSAT: Part II

Written by Mrs. FLS

This is Part II on how to save money on the LSAT. (Read Part I.)

  1. Get old official LSAT’s. The best way to practice for the LSAT is use old tests. You can buy these used on eBay, half.com, or amazon.com. LSAC puts out books with 10 actual tests in them. I think right now they have three of these books that have tests from 1996-2003. For the more recent tests, you’ll have to buy them separately. They cost $8.00 on the LSAC page, but you can find them on eBay for less than $2.00. If you do some good bargain hunting, you can probably buy all the tests for under $50. (See sidebar for deals from Amazon.com)
  2. Get test prep books. Like I said earlier, the LSAT is learnable test. There are no tricks or shortcuts, but you can learn how to beat it with a good system. Don’t waste your time with Kaplan or Princeton Review. Like I said, their systems aren’t very good. The best prep books out there are the LSAT Bibles put out by Powerscore. The Logic Game Bible is amazing. They break down the games into types and tell you how to approach them systematically. The Logical Reasoning Bible is great, too. The break down the different types of logical reasoning questions and how to go about answering each kind. They also have great practice questions from real LSATs. However, these books are expensive when bought new. However, you can find them online for half the cost. (See Sidebar for deals from Amazon.com) If you can’t find them for cheaper, bite the bullet and buy them. They’ll be the best investment you can make in starting your legal career.

Save money preparing for the LSAT: Part I

Written by Mrs. FLS

This is part I of series on how to save money on the LSAT.

To begin with, I hated the LSAT. For six months of my life it consumed me. It was my introduction to how law school makes you doubt your capabilities and self worth. It also introduced me to how expensive law school is. The test itself costs over $100 and there are several prep programs out there that cost thousands of dollars. My goal today is to give some tips on how to prepare for this dreaded test without it letting it beat you or your pocket book.

  1. Take a free diagnostic test from LSAC. You need to know where you’re at, so you can plan your studying. If you have anything above a 155 you’re doing alright. You can get into several schools with that kind of score.
  2. If after you take the test and you did poorly (below a 155) , don’t get down! You can improve dramatically with some work. The LSAT is a VERY learnable test. I started out at a 148 and ended up scoring a 161 on the real deal. So, keep your chin up.
  3. If you took the test and did well (above a 160), congratulations. However, there’s still room for improvement. You studying will be more focused then the people who didn’t do so well.
  4. DON’T sign up for LSAT prep classes. Kaplan can set you back over $1,000. Same with Princeton Review. Additionally, their programs suck. I bought some of their books on strategy and none of it helped me. Several people in my law school section have said that they forked over a ton of money on these programs and ended up making the same score on the test as they did on the diagnostic test. Again, prep classes are a waste of time and money.
  5. If you want to save money, you’re going to have to DIY (Do It Yourself). This takes self discipline and self motivation. If you don’t have it, then maybe law school isn’t for you.

Check back tomorrow, for part II on how to save money on the LSAT.