Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

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Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

Postby xephyr3 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:50 am

4.03/160 stats, non-URM. I'm going to apply to as many T14s and T20s as I can.

If I'm not immediately rejected on numbers alone, and the adcomms get past my PS, should I write a diversity statement or why X law school essay?

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Re: Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

Postby cavalier1138 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:12 am

Neither of them are particularly helpful. Assuming (since there's no detail to go on) that you're a fairly average white person, writing a diversity statement could actually harm you, so I suppose a "Why [X]" would be better.

That said, you're wasting your GPA and should be retaking the LSAT instead of wasting time and money on long-shot applications.

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Re: Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

Postby xephyr3 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:28 am

I should clarify that I'm a first generation Southeast Asian college student and immigrant. Grew up in a single mother household and pretty much went through life in great financial difficulty.

I retook the LSAT 3 times so 160 is what I have to stick with.

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Re: Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

Postby caitlinrw » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:39 pm

xephyr3 wrote:I should clarify that I'm a first generation Southeast Asian college student and immigrant. Grew up in a single mother household and pretty much went through life in great financial difficulty.

I retook the LSAT 3 times so 160 is what I have to stick with.


I would say write a diversity statement about your experiences growing up that kind of partners to tell a greater story with your personal statement. You might not be a URM, but telling a story with your PS and DS will get you further than you may think.

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Re: Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

Postby cavalier1138 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:48 pm

xephyr3 wrote:I should clarify that I'm a first generation Southeast Asian college student and immigrant. Grew up in a single mother household and pretty much went through life in great financial difficulty.

I retook the LSAT 3 times so 160 is what I have to stick with.


Well, no. 160 is not what you have to stick with. You just have to wait a while before retaking, depending on when your first LSAT was.

A 160 gives you a bit of a shot at some of the T20, but with the possible exception of Berkeley (because their admissions process is slightly weird), you aren't getting anywhere in the T14 with that score.

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Re: Which is more helpful: writing why X law school or a diversity statement?

Postby LikelyThrowaway » Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:08 pm

Write both.



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