Tips for Taking the LSAT


Kendra Talley, Staff Writer

The LSAT is the test that thousands of students take every year around the world in the hopes of getting into law school and later becoming lawyers. As one could imagine, this test is very stressful and very difficult. On Thursday Nov. 12, the man known as the LSAT guru came to PC to speak to students and help ease their fears about taking the LSAT.

Barry Stanback has been providing private lessons for many students for over 15 years and has been very successful. Stanback’s LSAT prep sessions range from a classroom setting with a large group or one on one sessions that focus on students’ specific needs and weaknesses. Stanback came highly recommended by Lewis Hutchinson, the Dean of Admissions at the University of South Carolina Law School.

According to Stanback, some important tips to taking the LSAT are some that often are underestimated. For starters, the preparation leading up to the LSAT requires discipline. When a student is preparing to take the LSAT, it is important to remain on a tight knit schedule. Stanback suggests that over three months from the test date, it is important to study for a least an hour every day. Three months from the test, it is important to study two hours per day. And finally, one month from the test, it is important to study three hours per day leading up to the day of the test.

Another interesting tip that Stanback provided students with is to find their least favorite subject and study it for twenty minutes every day for a week. For the second week, the student is to read and highlight the sections for twenty minutes every day. On the third week, the student is to read, highlight, and summarize the information that is read. By doing this, the student conditions their mind to read things that are not interesting and that are very mundane.

Of course, this test is very stressful, but Stanback insists that it is important not to rush through the timed sections. Rushing leads to mistakes that could be easily prevented and brings on unnecessary stress. It is no doubt that this test is a physical and mental marathon, but with proper practice and preparation you will be a successful test taker, law student, and lawyer.