The Admissions Committee often finds that a personal statement that focuses on a unique personal attribute or experience is usually the most informative (as opposed to a restatement of your qualifications or resume). If there are particular aspects of your background (e.g., racial, ethnic, or religious identification, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation) that you would like to highlight, please include this information in your personal statement.
As a non-traditional applicant, I'm basically writing a "why law" essay that focuses on the maturity I've gained through my work experiences (in a non "restatement of resume" way of course). However, my diversity factors only very tangentially relate to this narrative - my plan for my diversity statement follows a different track of my life entirely. I think I've seen on this forum that it's probably okay to attach a separate brief diversity statement anyway, but I also don't want to come off looking like I ignored the instructions.
What are people's thoughts? Try to put in a short paragraph that at least brings up the diversity stuff, although a bit awkardly? Try to weave diversity into my statement more substantively, although it will probably be clunky? Totally okay to leave it out/they will understand?
Thanks for any and all thoughts!