Combining diversity statement with personal statement?

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Llewellyon
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Combining diversity statement with personal statement?

Postby Llewellyon » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:53 pm

I feel like both statements will just end up discussing a lot of the same information, so is there some distinct difference between the two that should cause me to separate them?

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soca_dancer
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Re: Combining diversity statement with personal statement?

Postby soca_dancer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:39 am

If a school specifically asks for a diversity statement you should write one. Your diversity statement is the opportunity to provide the admissions committee with a sense of how your racial, ethnic, disability, and/or socio-economic experiences have shaped you whereas your personal statement is a bit broader in it's content and can cover how some of your experiences have brought you to this current point of applying. You can mention how your racial/sociology-economic status has been an influence in your personal statement but a deep dive exploration of that side of you is needed in a diversity statement.

Some schools don't ask for one, some schools ask it to be combined (UofC), some schools ask for it

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Re: Combining diversity statement with personal statement?

Postby hotdog96 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:57 pm

I'm having this same debate and am leaning towards writing a combined statement. I feel that as long as the PS is about me, its ok if it overlaps with diversity. There is no need to be repetitive I think

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Re: Combining diversity statement with personal statement?

Postby hotdog96 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:25 pm

soca_dancer wrote:If a school specifically asks for a diversity statement you should write one. Your diversity statement is the opportunity to provide the admissions committee with a sense of how your racial, ethnic, disability, and/or socio-economic experiences have shaped you whereas your personal statement is a bit broader in it's content and can cover how some of your experiences have brought you to this current point of applying. You can mention how your racial/sociology-economic status has been an influence in your personal statement but a deep dive exploration of that side of you is needed in a diversity statement.

Some schools don't ask for one, some schools ask it to be combined (UofC), some schools ask for it


If my PS talks about my racial identity and connects it to why law, would you think that a DS is still necessary?

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Re: Combining diversity statement with personal statement?

Postby soca_dancer » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:23 am

Again it depends. If a school specifically asks for a diversity statement you should write one. If not a combined statement is fine. It's okay to write about diversity in your personal statement briefly and connect it to law but then write a diversity statement as well. As an example:

My personal statement discusses aspects of my socio economic and ethnic background and I connect it to part of my journey to deciding law school. It's in the statement but a full on discussion of me being black and Latina from the hood who happened to also go to wealthy predominantly white institutions and the dichotomy of living in two worlds was left for the diversity statement.

My diversity statement is solely about the pride I have for my ethnic background and the struggles I had with my socio economic status and being ethnically different growing up. How that affected me and caused me to be challenged whether internally or interacting with others, yet also how I overcame that and what qualities it enabled me to have to perservere, be mindful of others, etc and how I will bring those positive aspects to the law school I attend.




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