Is a diversity statement overkill?

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yikes0117
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Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby yikes0117 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:57 am

Ok everybody, should I write and attach a diversity statement to each law school application? I'm applying to a handful of T14 schools, but I've customized my personal statement to each school. Is an added diversity statement extraneous and distracting? (Especially since I'm a white guy from the suburbs)

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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby dani_burhop » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:58 pm

If you have a good topic for a diversity statement and can write one in under 500 words, it's useful. If you don't have a good topic, there's no need to include one.

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theadvancededit
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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby theadvancededit » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:23 pm

Diversity statements aren't mandatory, so you won't be penalized for not including one.

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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby jcarsen » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:15 pm

It's actually better *not* to include one, unless you have something really compelling to add that can best be explained there.

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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby kublaikahn » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:35 pm

Are you diverse from all the other suburban white dudes?

yikes0117
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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby yikes0117 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:56 am

Hahaha. I can only think of being diverse because I attended private school my whole life (not the Eton variety, the leaky portable building variety). I've already sent out some apps without any optional statements attached, but I'm addressing my private schoolness in Michigan's optional essay. I decided against attaching a diversity statement to Harvard and Stanford because I thought it carried too great a risk of being unnecessary.

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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby JamMasterJ » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:58 am

jcarsen wrote:It's actually better *not* to include one, unless you have something really compelling to add that can best be explained there.

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Jen Carsen
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was this a mod edit? HI-larious

yikes0117
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Re: Is a diversity statement overkill?

Postby yikes0117 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:33 pm

What about Pennsylvania? Everyone always talks about how you should write optional essays for Penn, but I have already sorta addressed each of the four prompts in my personal statement. Is it bad to not write any optional statement for Penn?




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