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How to Have the Best Luck in Your LSAT Prep

The next administration of the LSAT is on Monday, June 11. Blueprint classes for the June LSAT are starting soon (one this weekend, three next weekend, and most of the rest the following weekend). Saint Patrick’s Day, that celebration of Irish culture that somehow becomes a reason for everyone else to get wasted too, is tomorrow, March 17. What do these three things have to do with each other? They mean you should go out and have a good time. Party. Go wild, if that’s your thing. Just not a three-month bender; despite what some may tell you, that isn’t the path to LSAT success.

Your mind will soon spin with diagramming techniques, making deductions in logic games, identifying sufficient and necessary conditions, and lots of other LSAT-related stuff. For now, don’t worry about that. Occupy your mind instead with getting a drink for that attractive so-and-so across the room. Have a good time in the time you have left; soon you’ll be working hard at expanding your mind.

Some dos and don’ts for the time between now and the LSAT:

DO: Stay out of jail. I said to party, not to do your best impression of your favorite former child star. There are several reasons. For one, jail isn’t fun. For another, having to deal with outstanding legal issues while you try to prepare for the LSAT can be a real drag. Finally, you want to avoid having to explain a criminal conviction to law schools come application time.

DO: Your LSAT homework. Your LSAT instructor will school you with myriad useful techniques and concepts. Even if something makes perfect sense at first, that doesn’t mean you know how to use it. You have to drill it until it becomes natural and you can count on yourself to know when and how to use it on the test. Also, stay current on the homework. You don’t want to learn about one thing in class and then go home and practice stuff from last week (or the week before that (or the week before that (or the week before that))).

DON’T: Forget to wear green if you go out tomorrow. Your humble narrator has nothing approaching a speck of Irish blood and respectfully submits that if he knows this, it needs no further explanation.

DON’T: Get upset about your score on your first diagnostic LSAT. The whole point of preparing for the LSAT is to improve your LSAT score. Take your first test as nothing more than a starting point, then work on trying to get your LSAT score as high as you can from there. Also don’t worry if lots of stuff on the test seems foreign. You’ll cover it all before the real thing.

DON’T: Feel the need to crack open those questionable LSAT prep books your Aunt Bea sent you. Just wait for class. Why are you still reading this? I said to go have a good time. Go on, now.