Your LSAT Score is Important
If you’re serious about entering law school you hopeful already know the importance your LSAT score holds when applying to enter law programs.
For a number of reasons, both good and bad, law school admission committees rely heavily on the LSAT when making their admission decisions. And don’t fool yourself into believing you’ll gain admittance into a top-tier program with sub-par LSAT scores. We all like to think we are the exception and not the norm.
The reality is law school admission officials rely heavily on the LSAT score as it is one the most reliable indicators of first year performance and of bar passage. Competitive schools are always hunting for the best students to help bolster their program’s prestige and improve class profile statistics. Having a high LSAT score on your record is a sure and positive way to differentiate yourself.
Take a look below at the Boston College Law School Applicant profile grid tracking applicants and admissions based on LSAT Scores.
You need a strong LSAT score to stand a competitive chance at admission. But knowing you need a good score, isn’t even close to half the battle. You need to get a high score first. And that leaves you with two options – you can self-study for the LSAT or enroll in a prep course.
Our thoughts on LSAT Prep Courses
LSAT prep courses are expensive. Especially when you compare their costs to other study materials – like prep books and online prep courses and study aids.
But we’d be amiss if we didn’t disclose that studies have consistently shown students who take a live study course perform on average 2-5 points higher than students who don’t.
We believe before you commit to a study plan you need to answer one key question; how disciplined are you to truly commit to self-study?
If you have the determination and tenacity to self-study effectively, you should not feel pressure to enroll in a prep course. But if you are the type of person that needs structure to stay focused, or you need a confidence boost, classes can help.
For most LSAT takers, paying for a course helps reinforce discipline and that’s it. But you can not expect that a prep course will save you from under-preparing. In fact some of the best LSAT prep courses are designed to complement self-study.
Our philosophy thus favors avoiding costly prep expenses and favors smart self studying.
There is No Easy Road to Success
Success isn’t easy. Preparing for an exam like the LSAT, will demand a lot from you and it is in your interest to understand that you will need to motivate yourself to success – prep course or not. You get what you put in.
The only way to get better at a skill is through intense and repeated practice. Unless you are scoring 180 consistently, you can benefit from more practice.
Every man hour you put in will help better you. So make the effort. Explaining success is always easier than failure.
Use the Best Self Prep Test Material
If you’re serious about scoring well on the LSAT, do it the smart way. Pick up the best self prep material you can to make the most of your studying.
In our experiences major prep publishers like Kaplan, Princeton Review, McGraw-Hill and Barron do a mediocre job at preparing students for the LSAT. Take a look at our list of the best LSAT prep books to see what top scorers use. Company’s like PowerScore have gained a status akin to kings in the LSAT prep world. And the official LSAT preptest books are must have’s not practice with.
Strong prep material reinforces excellent technique, instruction, and review. Keep you on track for successful studying and preparation for your future.
Study hard and smart. We promise you’ll be proud.