Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

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ab8
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Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

Postby ab8 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:02 am

I have a question about schools that have the option for uploading diversity statements (but do not require them)

If my personal statement is all about the diverse aspects of my personality (I'm an immigrant), is it worth including the optional diversity statement with my applications? I clearly would not repeat myself, but should I use my personal statement as the diversity statement for schools that have it as an option and write a new personal statement, or just use my personal statement as is and disregard the diversity statement?

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Re: Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

Postby jcarsen » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:52 am

If you can capture the diversity angle in your personal statement (without forcing it), it's preferable to go ahead and do that rather than submit two separate statements. That way, you can focus all of your efforts on a single strong piece of writing rather than worrying about two separate ones.

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ab8
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Re: Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

Postby ab8 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:38 am

Thanks!

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Re: Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:51 am

Depends upon the particular law school & their current agenda, in my opinion. If, for example, a law school offers diversity scholarships, then it would be wise to submit a separate diversity statement.

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Re: Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

Postby dani_burhop » Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:40 pm

If you have a strong topic for a PS and one for a DS, do both. If not, just do the PS.

Diversity Statement: Can be more heartfelt; Can be about childhood; can be about family; does not have to solely focus on you, but can focus on family, culture, upbringing, difficulties, etc.

Personal Statement: Should probably be about who you are right now, as an adult (with the rare exception); should give a strong sense of your character - potential for leadership or scholarship or societal contribution. You should be the focus and the "hero" of whatever story your choose to tell in your PS.

Neither essay should read like a diary entry. Read some good quality narrative non-fiction, (example, The New Yorker, or Harper's) to help find the right sort of tone. Telling true stories without sounding maudlin, or covering too much time/territory for the space given is the trick.

Best, Dani

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Re: Diversity Statement vs. Personal Statement

Postby theadvancededit » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:11 pm

dani_burhop wrote:If you have a strong topic for a PS and one for a DS, do both. If not, just do the PS.


I second this. It's better for you to have one, super-strong statement than two "okay" ones.




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