Facial Deformity or Mixed for Diversity Statement

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lawschool?s
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Facial Deformity or Mixed for Diversity Statement

Postby lawschool?s » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:27 am

I am a law school hopeful and I was just pre planning out what I want for my diversity statement and personal statement.

My ethnic background I would be considered Asian, White, and Hispanic-Other, but I was also born with a facial deformity that I could talk about.

I actually wrote about my facial deformity for my diversity statement to get into undergrad, but I would thinking about using it for my personal statement and then using my mixed background for a diversity statement. Would that work or does it seem redundant like I am so unique blah blah blah?

What topic would be better for a diversity statement and would I be able to use my facial deformity for my personal statement and mixed background for my diversity statement?

Thanks.

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Re: Facial Deformity or Mixed for Diversity Statement

Postby whirledpeas86 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:03 am

Would you be able to combine your facial deformity and racial background into one DS, perhaps talking about how these things contributed to feelings of "otherness"? I really think it's important for at least one of your DS or PS to relate to why you're interested in law school, even if you don't explicitly mention it.

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Re: Facial Deformity or Mixed for Diversity Statement

Postby rgndvo » Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:50 am

Talk about how the facial deformity facilitated your personal development into (for example) a nonjudgmental person. Ideally, you want to use everything at your disposal. Your multiracial background is a good soft; use that in the DS. The facial deformity sounds like good personal statement material, irrespective of whether you follow my advice above.

Good luck. :]

P.S.: What are your numbers?
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Re: Facial Deformity or Mixed for Diversity Statement

Postby lawschool?s » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:59 pm

3.60 from a Top 50 National Undergrad and a 162.

I was contemplating a re-take, but I really don't know if I can do better and if I should take the chance. I am not one of those guys who scores 170 on their practice tests.

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Re: Facial Deformity or Mixed for Diversity Statement

Postby rgndvo » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:08 pm

I would go for the retake. Even if you don't think there is much of a chance of your doing better, it's worth a stab. Schools are only required to report the top LSAT score to the ABA -- that's what affects their rankings. Consequently, one would expect that they attach much more weight to your highest score than your average. Retake: you have much more to gain than lose.




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