Daily LSAT Schedule | Recommendations For Each Day

Question: How much should I study each day for the LSAT?

Answer: As much as you can without burning out. If your exam is in the next few months, try to average 2-3 hours per day.

Question: That's impossible! How can I fit in those hours?

Answer: Here's one possible daily schedule:

1 hour before work/school
1 hour during lunch OR 1 hour at your office desk during "downtime"
1 hour after work/school

Wake up at the crack of dawn to study if you have to. Learn to love the LSAT. If you do, it's a heckuva lot easier to drag yourself out of bed.

Same goes for evenings. Do you think the 170-scorers are watching Netflix after work? Nope. They're hitting the LSAT books. Wait for your TV shows to come out on DVD or watch them on streaming after the exam (if you must).

If you ask a swim coach, "How much should I swim in order to be the next Michael Phelps?", the coach will laugh and shove you into the pool.

The answer is, "If you have to ask, you don't want this badly enough. Swim every free moment you've got and during the moments you don't have, too."

How do you get more free moments?

Don't schedule studying around your other obligations/distractions. Schedule your other obligations/distractions around studying. Postpone your other obligations whenever possible.

Studying for the LSAT diligently is a part-time job at a minimum. Unless you have a lot of free time, now's not the time to begin training for a marathon (although moderate exercise is excellent for your brain). Your friends (and the marathon) will still be there after the LSAT.


  1. If you can't fit 2-3 hrs of studying into a day for the LSAT, walk away from Law School. You'll wish for those hours during your 1L.

  2. Thank you. I needed to hear that. I am taking the test on the 8th.

  3. What woudl be a good study schedule to take if you wanted to start preparing now but not planning to take the test until early next year?

  4. If you have the time to intensively study this summer, you might consider taking it in September 2009 instead. I wouldn't recommend taking it in June 2010 because studying for it will compete with preparing for finals.

    Feb 2010 is the second-best choice because you can study for it over the summer and then again (more intensively) over winter break.

    If September 2009, go through the 5 1/2-month schedule at a slightly faster pace.

    If Feb 2010, go through this at a slower pace.

    Good luck!

  5. I'm a IT project manager and I created a study schedule plan that I'm managing like a software development project. I'm planning to do 2-3 hours per day until the December 2010 exam. Thanks for the advice.

  6. dammit. i registered for the steamtown marathon october 9, 2011 :)

  7. I just purchased the 3-month study guide. The plan has me using PT's from the 20-30 series. Should I consider using more recent PT...from the 40-50 series?

    1. The schedule includes tips on how to use more recent PTs, too! It just has you use them later in the schedule.