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Spring and Early Summer Are the Best Times for LSAT Study

The reason we push spring study for undergrads is that the LSAT is only given four times a year: June, September, December and February. February is too late for admission to the highly-regarded law schools and a December test, while admissible, is not good to bank on. You may need to test a second time and then February is too late for a same-year top-tier admission.

female student studying from a textbookHere are four reasons why studying for and taking the LSAT should be done during college or soon after:

  1. College students have more time for dedicated study than during post-graduate time; LSAT success requires dedicated study. Juniors and seniors may complain about how “busy” they are, but once starting on a 60+ hour a week job plus commuting, college is relatively uncluttered.
  2. Recent-grads who are unemployed or underemployed have ample time for LSAT study. Also, since looking for work can be stressful, time spent studying LSAT is relatively enjoyable.
  3. The college student’s brain is likely at peak capacity. Students in their early 20s have been immersed in learning and are likely at their peak time for absorbing new high-level material. Your brains are still fecund; aging rarely helps. Every year of postponement makes the task harder. Denise Park, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Texas, writes “Older people have to work harder to learn new information, and be more strategic about it,” she says. “You’re not going to be as efficient as you were when you were younger.” That’s with the same task; when encountering a different task when you have been away from serious cognition in a non-academic job, the challenge is even harder.
  4. Early LSAT success gives you more options. While law school might be on the “back burner” right now, you never know whether your first post-grad job will evaporate. A bad economy is a good time to be in school. An LSAT score is good for 5 years, thus the students who have a decent likelihood of applying to law school gain every advantage of getting the LSAT done well early.

Anyone can take the LSAT at any time. This includes college juniors and even sophomores! Your college major is irrelevant to success on the LSAT. Indeed, none of the top-performing majors is among the classic “pre-law feeders.” The top five majors in terms of average LSAT score on the 120 – 180 scale:

  1. Mathematics/Physics: 160.0
  2. Economics: 157.4
  3. Philosophy/Theology: 157.3
  4. International relations: 156.5
  5. Engineering: 156.2

And two of the classic “pre-law-feeders” rounded out the very bottom: