- The LSAT tests skills needed in law school, from logical reasoning to persuasive writing.
- The best online LSAT prep courses can cost anywhere from $0 to $2,148, all with different features.
- We outlined 6 of the best LSAT programs below, comparing cost, score-increase guarantees, and more.
The LSAT is designed to assess the most important skills required for succeed in law school, including critical reading, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and persuasive writing skills. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) – which creates and administers the LSAT – uses data from a survey of faculty at about 90 ABA-approved law schools to determine what those skills are and then format each year’s LSAT to best measure them.
So, spending 20 hours per week re-learning algebra or how to interpret graphs would be a poor use of a prospective law student’s time. Instead, you’re better off strengthening deductive and inductive reasoning skills and learning how to organize evidence into a cogent written argument.
Prospective law students can find free LSAT preparation tools online, or pay up to $2,148 for a course that provides structure and advantages such as one-on-one tutoring and support from top LSAT scorers. Most programs, like The Princeton Review and LSAT Max, offer money-back guarantees tied to a certain score improvement (with conditions attached).
The prep course you choose depends upon variables such as budget, schedule, and what your starting score and goal score are. Below, you can find a few of the most popular LSAT prep options available online, and a short rundown of what you can expect to pay and receive from each.
The 6 best online LSAT prep programs:
Price range: $800 – $1,800
Pros: Score-increase guarantee; 8,000 LSAT practice questions, and six proctored practice tests
Cons: No app; private tutoring can be expensive
The Princeton Review offers a self-paced online course for $799, a fundamentals course with 30 hours of classroom time for $1,049 (originally $1,099), and an LSAT 165+ course for $1,599 (originally $1,699). You can also opt for private LSAT tutoring for $1,800.
The most popular, according to the company, is the LSAT 165+, which guarantees you (under certain conditions) an LSAT score of 165, which should make you competitive for a top 25 law school. LSAT 165+ comes with 84 hours of instruction by an LSAT expert, 150 hours of online drills and explanations, six full-length practice LSAT tests, and more than 8,000 LSAT exam-style questions. You can find out more info here.
Price range: $600 – $1,500
Pros: Score-increase guarantee; 90 prep tests; weekly office hours for live Q&As; 24/7 email and phone support, and there’s an app
Cons: Minimal explanations of practice test questions outside of Q&As
LSAT Max offers three programs with more than 100 hours of video detailing test-taking strategies and techniques. Additionally, students have access to weekly office hours, four textbooks, and analytics to determine weaknesses and maximize prep time. Lifetime access, a money-back guarantee of a higher score for two of the programs, and the ability to simulate an actual digital LSAT test also help set this program apart.
Its three program tiers are LSAT Max 60 for $595, which lasts 60 days; LSATMax 180, which runs $995 and lasts for 180 days; and LSATMax 365 for $1,400 that gives you year-long access. Each comes with one free hour of private tutoring, and the latter two also include a higher score guarantee.
Price range: $700 – $1,500
Pros: Score-increase guarantee; 85 full-length practice exams; personalized study plans, and online office hours 6 days per week
Cons: No app; tutoring can be expensive
Blueprint offers three options for its LSAT program: a three-month plan for $699 or $599 with promo code FINAL100 ($747 total if you pay by month rather than a one-time payment), a six-month plan for $999 or $799 with promo code FINAL200 ($1,494 total if you pay by month), and a 12-month plan for $1,499 (or $2,988 if you pay by month). The six- and 12-month plans also come with score-increase guarantees.
Students receive 100+ hours of instruction between video lessons and live online office hours, plus a study plan, adaptive homework, and over 8,500 real LSAT questions with explanations.
Price range: Free
Pros: Free; customized lesson plan, and there’s an app available
Cons: No money-back guarantee; few exams and questions; no score increase guarantee, and no reliable way to get questions answered
For those on a tight budget, Khan Academy, founded to bring education to anyone with internet access, has an entirely free prep program. The company reportedly collaborated with the makers of the LSAT to offer students access to thousands of official practice questions from real tests.
Students can complete problem sets, timed practice tests, instructional videos, as well as get access to strategies, tips, and more. The program is also designed to help you determine your strengths and weaknesses in order to create a custom practice plan that takes your goal score, schedule, and starting skill strengths into account.
Price range: $279 – $2,148
Pros: Score-increase guarantee; email assistance; relatively affordable; free trial available, and there’s an app available
Cons: No tutoring; fewer practice questions than other options
Magoosh’s premium LSAT plan — which comes with a guarantee of an LSAT score increase of five points — gets you eight full tests, more than 7,000 LSAT questions with video explanations, 200 Logic Game explanations, timed practice tests, and email assistance from tutors.
Magoosh offers two LSAT premium options: The one-month program, which costs $279 ($180 plus $99 for a year of LSAT Prep Plus), and the year-long version for $2,148 (currently discounted for $299 total). The latter is essentially the same as the one-month premium version but offers longer access to materials.
Price range: $700 – $1,200
Pros: Score-increase guarantee; varied learning materials; many LSAT questions; interaction from instructors, and there’s an app
Cons: Fewer hours of instruction; classes and tutoring can be expensive, and class sizes may be larger
Kaplan’s live online courses include eight four-hour sessions, two proctored practice exams, more than 60 LSAT exams with self-proctoring tools, and LSAT prep books. With an upgrade to Kaplan’s Live Online PLUS, you also get three hours of one-on-one coaching.