i like duke's optional essay:
"Academic essay — Keeping in mind that we will have your academic transcripts and LSAT score as some evidence of your intellectual aptitude for law school, you should tell us in this essay more about the intellectual contribution you will make in the classroom and outside. You may choose to write about any subject that has engaged you intellectually but this essay should not be a personal narrative. You might, for example, discuss such subjects as a book you have read that had a profound influence on you; an issue in the current public debate; or an individual who has had an impact on your life."
I am applying to Duke, and since the only vaguely minority category I fit into is "women" I will be addressing the Academic essay rather than the diversity prompt. I already talked about immigration in my PS, because that is my reason for wanting to go to law school. One other issue of current public debate that interests me is that the judge in Kobe Bryant's case allowed the accuser's sexual history to be used as evidence by the defense. Since I volunteer for a Sexual Assault resource center, this would be a good way to tie in my interest/activities. However, I am hesitant to write about a legal subject. I've heard so many times that adcoms find opinion statements on some area of the law are shallow and insincere. It's also a hot-button topic, and one that I feel strongly about, so I think maybe I would come across as too emotional. Any ideas? Are they looking for an opinion, a well-reasoned argument, or just an explanation of my interest?