In August 2004, we were fortunate enough to catch up with Tony Credit, Executive Director of Admissions at Valparaiso University School of Law. Tony is a J.D. with some very good advice for everyone who is about to begin preparing for the LSAT.

Tony argued that too many applicants expect a review course to do everything for them and they do not take enough ownership of the LSAT prep process. We could not agree with him more.

Below is Tony’s “4-step program” that prospective law school applicants should undertake before signing up with a prep course or tutor.

Step 1:  Purchase 3-5 logic puzzle magazines from a book store or magazine stand and complete all of the problems contained in each book.  These puzzles are difficult and they will challenge your logic, analytical and reading comprehension skills.  In addition, the explanations each have diagrams which will teach you how to diagram the problems in your head which will help you to visualize a plan of attack during the LSAT.

Step 2:  Go to the library and take the test under timed conditions with a large clock and a friend helping you keep track of time.

Step 3:  Grade your self test which will expose your weaknesses.

Step 4:  Now work on your weaknesses by taking any prep course or by more self study.