"The right tools for the job"
If you want to become a law school tool, you're going to need the tools to get you there. Here are my recommendations and thoughts on what's out there.
10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V (around $20 from Amazon) is the only book that I absolutely insist my students purchase for their LSAT studies. It has 10 real LSATs, as administered from 2007 to 2013 - and if you make those 10 tests count with a wise study plan, they might be all you need.
A good pencil can be hard to find, but working with the proper materials from the beginning is essential. You don't want your future hinging on some dinky tool you bought at a CVS at 2 AM the night before the test. Treat yourself to a Palomino Golden Bear or a Tombow HB. You'll notice the difference.*
(*I'm a pencil geek. Feel free to disregard these specific brands - what's important is your comfort. -D)
A timer. Seriously. Timing is at least half the LSAT battle, and if you can't hold yourself accountable to track it then you're doing yourself a disservice. You'll need an analogue wristwatch for tracking your time on the day of the test, but for now feel free to use your phone or your computer.
Free (or Freemium) external resources
There's no point in reinventing the wheel. There are a ton of excellent online resources for the test already out there, available for free or cheap. Here are some of the greats:
- 7Sage offers a ton of free resources, including video tutorials and a whole slew of free tools. I don't have any experience with their premium content, but they use official LSAC questions (which is a must), and their courses are much cheaper than many of the larger companies' plans.
- The LSAT Trainer offers a bunch of free tools, cool infographics, and some very rigorous study plans based on the official LSAC PrepTests - all in addition to their book. Again, I don't have personal experience here, but a friend worked through one of their plans and saw great gains.