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Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:06 pm
by kmj12
REMEMBER, It is not an adversity statement. It's a DIVERSITY statement.

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:37 pm
by xephyr3
kmj12 wrote:REMEMBER, It is not an adversity statement. It's a DIVERSITY statement.


Could you clarify the difference between an adversity and diversity statement?

Is a DS simply describing aspects of your life that makes you different from others? What if that aspect of your life involved overcoming adversity?

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:15 am
by 2000andBeyond
Anyone want to swap diversity statements?

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:40 pm
by kmj12
xephyr3 wrote:
kmj12 wrote:REMEMBER, It is not an adversity statement. It's a DIVERSITY statement.


Could you clarify the difference between an adversity and diversity statement?

Is a DS simply describing aspects of your life that makes you different from others? What if that aspect of your life involved overcoming adversity?


I think, and I am certain admission counselors would agree, that the DS is about demonstrating your socio-economic disadvantages for many schools. For instance, UCLA Law has a Disadvantage Addendum asking applicants to describe the socio-economic disadvantages they have overcome. For UCLA, the Disadvantage Addendum is what the DS is to other schools (I asked UCLA Law, so that's how I know this). So it's not merely about describing aspects of your life that make you different from others. It's asking: within those aspect of your life, tell us specifically about the social and economic hurdles you had to overcome to get to where you are today. For instance, if you are a super rich kid with a learning disability or you are disabled in some other way, then for SOME schools you have no reason to write a diversity statement.

This brings me to my final point: SCHOOLS DEFINE DIVERSITY IN DIFFERENT WAYS. Harvard's definition of diversity is far broader than UCLAs. Harvard just says tell us how you would bring diversity (and leaves it open-ended), UCLA is specifically talking about socio-economic diversity. Read this and you will see what I mean:

http://tippingthescales.com/2014/01/wri ... ity-essay/

Hope I've helped at all!

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:34 pm
by Christinabruin
If anyone wants to swap DS samples, please PM me!

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:08 pm
by SybillAnnDorsett
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Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:06 am
by bearlylegal
I would be more than happy to share my adversity statement (grade addendum) and my personal statement (which is kind of like a diversity statement because it is centered around how my experiences as a gay man informed my decision to pursue law and policy change). Just send me a PM- if you want more details, my adversity statement is about being a first generation high school/college/potential professional school student/growing up with an undocumented parent in a low socioeconomic class and how it initially hindered my pursuit of higher education because of the lack of resources/culture shock I experienced. My personal statement is, as mentioned above, about my being gay but specifically centers around me coming of age during same sex marriage going to ballot in CA and realizing how many people really did disagree with the idea of marriage of same sex couples.

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:35 pm
by SybillAnnDorsett
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Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:13 pm
by principalagent
So I think this is the best place to ask this question for now.

I just made a first draft of my DS and I'm happy with it, but it's sitting at about 2.25 pages (size 11 double spaced 1 inch margins). Very few schools if any seem to put a word or page limit on it, but I intend to trim it down to maximum two. Should I instead go further and try to get it down to under 500 words?

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:22 pm
by Americanengine
principalagent wrote:So I think this is the best place to ask this question for now.

I just made a first draft of my DS and I'm happy with it, but it's sitting at about 2.25 pages (size 11 double spaced 1 inch margins). Very few schools if any seem to put a word or page limit on it, but I intend to trim it down to maximum two. Should I instead go further and try to get it down to under 500 words?



Get it down to one page. Legal writing is about being concise and to the point. Law schools review thousands of applications each year, an extra long package may be off-putting.

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:42 pm
by tuna_wasabi
Americanengine wrote:
principalagent wrote:So I think this is the best place to ask this question for now.

I just made a first draft of my DS and I'm happy with it, but it's sitting at about 2.25 pages (size 11 double spaced 1 inch margins). Very few schools if any seem to put a word or page limit on it, but I intend to trim it down to maximum two. Should I instead go further and try to get it down to under 500 words?



Get it down to one page. Legal writing is about being concise and to the point. Law schools review thousands of applications each year, an extra long package may be off-putting.


Can we absolutely not go over 1 page? I'm debating on whether to use the topic for my diversity statement as a personal statement, mainly because I'm not confident I can write a 1-page DS.

Re: Diversity Statement Samples

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:04 pm
by Americanengine
tuna_wasabi wrote:
Americanengine wrote:
principalagent wrote:So I think this is the best place to ask this question for now.

I just made a first draft of my DS and I'm happy with it, but it's sitting at about 2.25 pages (size 11 double spaced 1 inch margins). Very few schools if any seem to put a word or page limit on it, but I intend to trim it down to maximum two. Should I instead go further and try to get it down to under 500 words?



Get it down to one page. Legal writing is about being concise and to the point. Law schools review thousands of applications each year, an extra long package may be off-putting.


Can we absolutely not go over 1 page? I'm debating on whether to use the topic for my diversity statement as a personal statement, mainly because I'm not confident I can write a 1-page DS.



You can go over one page but I would not go more than two. Honesty I would write everything you want to say about yourself out, and see where it all fits. Try to be as concise as possible, you are trying to show the reader that you understand how to write with precision. Message me if you want me to take a look at what you have. I don't check this website that often but I will try to help if i can.