Yes. Definitely write a statement. There is a value to having a diversity of perspectives and experiences, especially in the legal classroom, and schools worth going to recognize this.
I'm applying for 2010 in the NJ region(Rutgers my #1). I've attended culinary school, awesome internships and such in terms of my career path (food policy-ie. organic farms, M&M Mars, Nat'l School lunch program), and I'm currently an AmeriCorps volunteer for a nonprofit in Paterson, NJ (a 1 yr assignment focusing on education, youth, and community development). I've had incredible experiences and I highlight them well in my prsnl st.
I went to 2 schools...1st was 3.57 gpa, 2nd was 3.7 (while working almost full time throughout)
LSAT: 150 (Sept) taking it again in Dec
MY QUESTION: Is it worth it to submit an additional essay about being a gay guy??...It's not my deciding factor for pursuing law, but I could never say it has no influence and I could certainly explain it with relevancy. I know some schools encourage such pieces ( I guess the have the man power to read a lot or really need diversity), but is it worth it for all schools? Thanks for your help because, as usual, I'm confused about where my sexual orientation comes into play.