When would be a great time to start studying for the LSAT and the Bar exam?
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Most students will study for the bar exam after law school graduation (often in May) and use the time from May – July to prepare for the exam. Some law schools may also offer preparatory courses as part of your curriculum, and taking courses which will be covered on the bar exam is generally a good idea. Again, you will likely need to devote a significant amount of time to studying. The purported difficulty of the exam is often based on the “pass rate,” which may vary significantly between different states.
The LSAT and the bar exam differ, in that for the LSAT you receive a specific score. For the bar exam, you either pass or do not pass. However, judging their difficulty is hard, as it varies by person. I will note that, often, there are a very large number of very intelligent people taking these tests and competing against one another, so I would anticipate that they are both considered “very difficult” or, at least, very stressful for a majority of the people preparing to take these exams.
The best time was summer when he was not taking any courses.
This is a starting point, you may wind up taking this exam more than once based on your score. So you always have to work towards it even after college starts.
However, take many many practice tests before you sign up for the LSAT. Follow the same rules that are in the exam when you take these practice tests. Do this often and do it without any distractions or interruptions.