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This course covers an applicant’s diversity statement, one common type of essay suggested by law schools. A diversity statement lays out the background and experiences of an applicant that would inform their perspective in the classroom, allowing them to bring a unique and diverse point of view. Although you might assume a diversity statement should only be written by applicants with a readily apparent diverse identity—such as in race or gender—diversity statements can be written about any part of an applicant’s history and self that can lead them to have a “diverse” perspective.

We cover when a diversity statement is appropriate, what it should look like, and how it differs from other application components, like the personal statement. We also take a look at several sample prompts to show the variety of approaches law schools take towards diversity statements, from requesting very specific information to not requesting one at all.

  1. Diversity Statement Basics

    8min

    We lay out exactly what a diversity statement is and isn’t. We lay out what role it should play in an application package, how to write a concise and compelling statement, and how to differentiate it from other written application components.

  2. Diversity Statement Sample Prompts

    6min

    We cover a number of sample prompts for a diversity statement, showing how an applicant may modify their approach depending on the circumstances of each individual law school’s instructions.

Sydney Montgomery, S. Montgomery Consulting

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Sydney is founder and CEO of S. Montgomery Consulting, which helps students pursue their college and law school dreams. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and J.D. from Harvard Law School. She completed the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate from UC Irvine, Division of Continuing Education.

Sydney is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and currently sits on the Graduate Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). In 2020, IECA named her one of seven inaugural recipients of the “Making a Difference Award” for positively contributing to the profession and membership. In 2021, PCACAC named her a Counselor of the Year.