Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

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Which is preferable for Diversity Statement

Employment
1
50%
Masters Degree
1
50%
 
Total votes: 2

BillsFan9907
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Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby BillsFan9907 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:02 pm

Talking to too much about either will more or less reveal who I am to an adcom reading this site. If you're interested in voting. Please post here, and I will PM you the specifics.

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby ltrego » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:24 pm

Are either connected to ... diversity?

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby Ramius » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:24 pm

Although it'll entirely depend on how you write it, I have a hard time seeing how either of these will really be evidence of diversity. Unless it's really unique employment that significantly changed how you see the world, I don't see either of these as workable diversity statement topics.

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby BillsFan9907 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:32 pm

How bad is it not to submit one?

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby Ramius » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:34 pm

If you don't have any convincing reasons to call yourself diverse, you're far better off not submitting one. Submitting a weak or bad DS shows lack of self-awareness, which can be a bit of a red flag for someone considering you for their professional school.

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby ltrego » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:35 pm

Seoulless wrote:How bad is it not to submit one?


If you're confident in your ability to write well, I would submit one. It probably won't hurt. If you aren't diverse yourself, write about your interactions with diversity or an experience that changed the way you think about diversity.

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby BillsFan9907 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:39 pm

So this is what I am seeing from Stanford:

If you would like the committee to consider how factors such as your background, life and work experiences, advanced studies, extracurricular or community activities, culture, socio-economic status, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation would contribute to the diversity of the entering class and hence to your classmates' law school experience, you may describe these factors and their relevance in a separate diversity statement.

What would be the expected way to spin advanced studies into this?

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby ltrego » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:42 pm

How do your advanced studies equip you to provide a different perspective in the law classroom? <That's what they're asking.

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby Nova » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:42 pm

Seoulless wrote:How bad is it not to submit one?

its normal not to submit one

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Re: Whats better for a diversity statement: job or masters?

Postby BillsFan9907 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:46 pm

ltrego wrote:How do your advanced studies equip you to provide a different perspective in the law classroom? <That's what they're asking.


And I'd have to keep the need to avoid politics in mind, I am guessing? My master's degree is in a politically charged topic. Perhaps the most politically charged topic in international affairs. I find myself in the minority camp regarding it's issues.

Looks like I'm probably best off skipping it. My personal statement pretty much could double as one (I've lived as an expat for sometime, and talked about how it's impacted my world view). It's also 11 point double spaced, 2 pages.

I'm starting to see that I shouldn't send anything more.

Please don't quote - want to delete the identifying detail about my PS.




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