offers hundreds of practice questions and video explanations. Go there now.

Sign up or log in to Magoosh LSAT Prep.

How to Write a Law School Diversity Statement

In our last post, we highlighted a sometimes-overlooked piece of law school admissions applications – the optional essay. One of the most common prompts for the optional essay will ask you about how you’ll contribute to a law school’s campus and class diversity. The law school diversity statement challenges many people who get caught up on what diversity is and how they can possibly contribute to it when they don’t belong to a certain race, ethnicity, or gender.

Broaden your definition of diversity

To write an effective diversity statement, you’ll first need to think outside the box a little. Ignore any of the parameters of diversity that you’ve been taught to stay within. For example, just because you’re not a member of a minority group doesn’t mean you’re not a candidate with diverse skills, talents, and experiences!
Think about parts of your character or aspects of your background that make you stand out from other applicants. If that happens to be your commitment to voicing the cause of underrepresented groups, that’d make for great content for this essay. But by no means is that the only thing that qualifies as a diverse experience. If you grew up in a major city, you could discuss how that environment transformed you by giving you the opportunity to work and study alongside people from varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Or if you’ve spent time volunteering in another country, reflect on how your encounters broadened your horizons. Experience abroad isn’t a prerequisite for diversity, either – plenty of volunteer and work exposure right in your own backyard can be eye-opening.
You might also choose to write about a personal challenge that you’ve faced, which has helped build your resilience and character. Instead of focusing on the challenge, though, focus on how you overcame it and showed strength despite adversity. That is, don’t get so caught up with telling admissions officers about any struggles you’ve experienced that you forget to illustrate how your perspectives and ideas have matured.
And last but not least, you could write about a talent you have that sets you apart from others. A hobby or interest that you’ve really excelled at can make for an engaging diversity statement topic. It’s all in how you frame your story.

Need more LSAT practice? Start your online LSAT prep today.

Use space wisely

Your personal statement should take center stage. While your diversity statement should be just as well-edited and just as polished, it’s oftentimes shorter than the personal statement. We’ve highlighted the importance of conciseness in the personal statement, and this goes for the diversity statement even more. Typically, the diversity statement is about one to one-and-a-half pages, double-spaced. Make your words count!

Ready to join the 170+ score club? Get started with Magoosh

Most Popular Resources

No comments yet.

Magoosh blog comment policy: To create the best experience for our readers, we will only approve comments that are relevant to the article, general enough to be helpful to other students, concise, and well-written! 😄 Due to the high volume of comments across all of our blogs, we cannot promise that all comments will receive responses from our instructors.

We highly encourage students to help each other out and respond to other students' comments if you can!

If you are a Premium Magoosh student and would like more personalized service from our instructors, you can use the Help tab on the Magoosh dashboard. Thanks!

Leave a Reply