(I may delete this later...)
I'm middle class and white... the most recent immigrants in my lineage are my great-grandparents from Germany who came over a century ago. I have never faced serious adversity and have honestly lived a rather charmed life, so I haven't written any diversity statements.
However, I noticed the following on the website for a particular T25 school (bolding mine):
You may be regarded as potentially contributing to student diversity if your background or experience would not ordinarily be well-represented in the student body or the legal profession. Examples include (but are not limited to) students who:
* have struggled against prejudice, economic disadvantage, family or personal adversity, or other social hardships (perhaps as a result of disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation)
* lived in a foreign country or spoke a language other than English at home
* have unusual career goals, employment history (perhaps military or law enforcement experience), or educational background (including graduate study)
* demonstrate unusual extracurricular achievement (including school or community service)
I have two undergraduate degrees, one I designed myself in entertainment business from a good school, the other in Fashion Merchandising from an academically light but well respected fashion school. I'm currently at a Fortune 500 retailer, have worked in support roles in BigLaw and investment banking, and have independently produced an Off-Broadway play.
I don't think any one thing I've done is particularly unique (except maybe the play), but I think I will bring an interesting perspective due to the breadth of my experience in niche industries.
Still, all of this is already somewhere in my application (between my app, resume and PS), so an additional statement would be redundant. I just don't want to receive a ding for not writing an "optional" statement when the parameters are so broad.
Any thoughts? This is a school LSAC puts me at a 42%-52% likelihood of acceptance based on my numbers, so this is a case where softs could make a difference.