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How to Juggle October LSAT Prep and the Start of School

There’s a little more than six weeks until the October LSAT is upon us and your law school future is determined. Well, maybe not completely determined, but how you do on October LSAT test day will be the biggest factor when it comes to which law schools you will and will not get admitted to. So you clearly should want to study as much as you can for this beast.

Unfortunately, your life may have things in it other than LSAT prep. In fact, a lot of you are probably about to start school (or already have). Juggling being a full-time student with studying for the LSAT can be difficult, but it’s totally doable. If this is the situation you find yourself in, read on!

Here are a few different things to think about regarding studying for the LSAT and going to school:

If possible, put off unnecessary schoolwork. The LSAT is far more important than any single class, so in general LSAT study should take priority. If you have classes where you can table assignments until after the October LSAT without hurting your grades, you might want to consider doing it. Or if your grade is based all on one final, you can probably get caught up on your reading assignments after you take the LSAT. But be careful; law schools are not going to take kindly to you failing a class, and you won’t be able to talk your way out of it saying you were studying for the LSAT.

If possible, put off more difficult classes. Still have some monster class that you need to take to graduate? Take it in winter or spring. Because if there was ever a semester for fewer and more lax classes, this is it. So instead of enrolling in vector calculus, maybe get some elective credits out of the way and take that yoga class you’ve had your eye on for the last couple years.

Lastly, you’re going to have to put a lot of the rest of your life on hold for now. During summer, you may have been able to have some semblance of a social life while studying for the LSAT, but now that you’re back in school that’s going to be pretty much over. You’ll still need days off here and there to stay sane, but for the most part you should let your friends know that you’ll be MIA for a little while.

So manage your time, pick your classes strategically, and get back to work!

Oh, and best of luck on the October LSAT.