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Just wondering why people write these statements? Is this something to write if one is a minority, underprivileged, disabled, etc?
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olikatz wrote:Just wondering why people write these statements? Is this something to write if one is a minority, underprivileged, disabled, etc?
Yes, pretty much. I'm sure there are other kinds of diversity too, but you have to be self aware there.
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The article also gives three specific examples of a de facto diversity statement.
We get this question a lot. The short answer is that you are welcome to include any information which you feel will enable the Admissions Committee to make a fully-informed decision on your candidacy. Which translates into: we don't ask for a diversity statement specifically, but if you would like to include one, it is O.K. to do so.
Explaining some aspect of yourself which you think would make a unique contribution to the Law School is a good thing. The question is whether you really need to provide a supplemental essay to do it. Keep in mind that unlike many law schools, we already ask for an additional essay (the infamous 250-word essay) in addition to your personal statement. Since we do not specify a topic for either the shorter essay or the personal statement, you can include information relevant to an aspect of diversity which you feel is important to your application in either (or both) of these pieces of writing.
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