Thank you! My main concern is that if I register for the certificate in winter 2021 but also send in an application for law for fall 2021 will that affect my admission? I guess I’m concerned that they’ll consider me as a certificate student more than having my completed BA if that makes sense
There is no one size fits all when it comes to studying for the LSAT. It depends on your natural aptitude for the exam (i.e. if your diagnostic is a 165 then your study trajectory / approach would be much different then if your diagnostic was 140) as well as your learning style. Some people learn better in groups or in a class setting, whereas others do better 1v1 with a tutor and still others prefer self-study or some combination thereof!
The first thing you need to do is take a timed diagnostic test and see what your score is. From there, we can better help you formulate a study game plan! If you need to satisfy your curiosity in the meantime, you can peruse these forums for guides that some past test takers have posted. There are also a good number of guides on the TLS forum, but as a word of caution, they tend to be quite over the top for most students.
Having said that, I do have some favourite materials that I usually recommend. I am a big fan of the Manhattan LSAT series for self-study. The PowerScore bibles are the legacy recommendation of choice, but having gone through both in detail, it is quite apparent that the Manhattan guides are superior in pretty much all ways.
If you are more geared towards a course, you can look locally to find one in person (I’m sure one of the big test prep companies offers something in your area) or for one that offers online instruction. EDIT - I wasn't even thinking about Covid when I wrote this 🤣 in class may not be an option anytime in the near future. Local tutoring in person may be available though (depending on restrictions in your area).
Manhattan offers online instruction. And these days, so does HarvardReady which is the prep company I work for. Yoni is the founder and can be found on these very forums!
If you go the instruction route, my usual caveat is that the most important thing is to make sure that the instructor’s line of thinking / method of interrogating the test is something that resonates with you (before you sign up for the course!!). A mastery of the exam is a definite requirement for an instructor, but that doesn’t mean that every student will receive a great benefit from their instruction. Minds naturally think differently so it’s no surprise that one instructor may be great for one student and another instructor be better for a different student!
Best of luck