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Law School Diversity Statement & Addenda

Purpose of the Diversity Statement

The diversity statement is your opportunity to explain how your particular background and experiences have impacted your current values and worldview. The word “diversity” is usually broadly defined in this context. There are many different sources of diversity, and your story should be unique to you. Think of Admissions Committees as assembling a chorus from some of the most talented students in the world. Your diversity statement, in support of your personal statement, should demonstrate to the reader that you will bring a distinct voice to this chorus. This is your opportunity to tie your unique voice and worldview back to the aspects of your upbringing that make you different. However, if you don’t have anything to say on this topic after reflecting on it broadly, you should not feel compelled to write a diversity statement.

How long should my diversity statement be?

Most diversity statements should be one double-spaced page. Make sure to check each law school’s instructions, though, for their individual page and word-count preferences.

The Explanatory Addendum

An explanatory addendum is your opportunity to provide additional information and insight about an aspect of your candidacy that requires further context.

What topics are appropriate for an addendum?

Examples of appropriate addenda topics include:

  • Explanations of undergraduate GPA and/or LSAT performances
  • Particularly strong interest in a law school (and why)
  • Extenuating circumstances that are not otherwise mentioned in your application

Importantly, you should not use an addendum as an additional personal statement. Limit your content to contextual information not otherwise available within your application materials.

How long should my addendum be?

Most law schools allow students to exercise their best judgment to determine content and length of addenda. Aim to limit your addendum to one double-spaced page, but check each law school’s requirements (and formatting preferences) before submitting.

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