« on: January 12, 2005, 11:21:00 AM »
USC says this in their application:
USC Law School is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based upon ethnicity, national origin, disability, race, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or age. The primary goal of the admissions process is to enroll students who demonstrate outstanding academic and professional promise and whose background and experience will enhance the diversity of the student body or the profession, or will enrich USC Law School’s educational environment. USC Law School’s admissions process is guided by the view that a student body which reflects the broad and rich diversity of our society provides a superior educational environment for all law students.
An applicant will be regarded as potentially contributing to student diversity if his or her background or experience would not ordinarily be well-represented in the student body or the profession. Examples of applicants’ background or experience which may be considered for diversity purposes include (but are not limited to) the following: an applicant who has 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); an applicant who has lived in a foreign country or who spoke a language other than English at home; an applicant who possesses unusual career goals, employment history (perhaps military or law enforcement experience), or educational background (including graduate study); or an applicant who demonstrates
unusual extracurricular achievement (including school or community service).
An applicant who believes that his or her background or experience can contribute to USC Law School’s goal of diversity and educational enrichment—and who wishes to have this considered in the admissions process—should provide written detailed information about his or her background or experience as part of the application. Providing such information is voluntary.
I don't have anything to diverse about me, I grew up in a small Kansas town of about 10,000, which is a little unusual. I studied abroad in Paris and Florence. Those are the only things that really fall within their guidelines. Would it look bad not to do this?