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Hi, I was wondering if any past VISTA could tell me if they ever enrolled in LSAT prep courses during their service year? If not, what were some of the resources you guys used to study for the LSAT. I plan on taking mines in January and wasn't sure if there were resources for VISTAs to use. Thanks!

Hi Azuree,

I'm a current VISTA and am in a similar boat - looking to take the November LSAT. Since I started my term, I've been low key hounding CNCS about resources for future law students and eventually got told there's nothing and to look at VISTA Campus. I'm sure you've noticed that everyone posting about law school here is kinda just shrugging their shoulders at whether or not there is anything for us, because there really isn't. 

I've emailed a few different prep groups asking about discounts. Testmasters actually got back to me saying they'd be interested in doing discounts for AmeriCorps members as a whole, so I put them in touch with other people higher up. Aside from Testmasters maybe one day having a discount for us, there don't seem to be any other AmeriCorps law school prep resources. Personally, I'm not too worried about taking a class at one of my local colleges because both diagnostics I took already have me in the low to mid 160s prior to starting studying, so I think the cost would only be worth it for private tutoring. 

Some free prep courses to check out would be the ones Khan Academy has in partnership with LSAC (it's on the LSAC website) and Kaplan's webinars. The webinars repeat, so once you hit like all 5 or so, there isn't really anything new except for the week before an LSAT where they do fresh material for free for a week. Both Khan and Kaplan's webinar series have online diagnostic tests that are scored. Great starting points and great to see more specifics. 

When it comes to my studying, I actually took one of LSAC's field tests about a year ago. They were testing out the digital format, so I got to take an unreleased LSAT for free in a situation identical to testing. If you can find a field test, I definitely recommend it. Aside from that, I've started studying in earnest about a week ago. I'm working through Kaplan's main book that I found at the library while taking preptests. LSAC releases books containing 10 past tests and you can buy them on Amazon. I'm trying to do about two a week between now and the November test. I'm trying to keep myself accountable by scheduling out time on my calendar to practice and updating my "Daily Tasks" list on Trello with whatever prep I need to do that day. 

Best of luck! 

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