Is It Necessary To Take An LSAT Prep Course?

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A Quora questioner recently asked if an LSAT prep course is a requirement before taking the exam.

I wouldn’t say it’s a strict requirement. But for the vast majority of people, it’s wise to enroll in an LSAT prep course. If you’re serious about law school, the value proposition will likely eclipse the financial cost of attending.

Off the top of my head, here are some benefits of participating in an LSAT prep course:

Strategies

You’ll learn strategies for tackling the hardest questions on the exam. Everyone has a weak section, whether that’s reading comprehension, logic games, or logical reasoning. The test company’s job is to arm you with tactics to become more comfortable with particular questions that stump you.

Organized Practice Tests

Most test prep companies offer at least one simulated LSAT. While it isn’t perfect, this is one of the better ways to replicate the actual exam.

Accountability

By joining a course, you’ll have to keep up with your homework and the course’s study schedule. While you’ll naturally be motivated to study since the stakes are high, there’s something to be said about joining a group and feeling the subtle pressure to keep up with the pace of the program.

Community

It’s definitely a secondary benefit, but it can be helpful to meet other people who are going through this experience. And who knows: you may discover a unique study strategy when speaking with someone in class.

Now there are some people that don’t need to join a course. The test is simply intuitive to them or they’re able to hack together study strategies from Top Law Schools or other forums. But still, I think that most prospective law students would add a few points to their score by enrolling in an LSAT prep course.

There’s also the question of which company to use. I used Testmasters back in the day and it was fine. However, I don’t necessarily recommend Testmasters or any other company. You’ll have to do your own research to find the best test prep company for you.