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.