How to Write a Law School Diversity Statement In general, is a good idea to write a diversity statement so long as you have the time to write a clear, well-thought-out and authentic statement. The main point of a diversity statement is to show how you can contribute to the diversity of the law school by adding a unique perspective to the class. However, you also want your statement to show that you are a likable, genuine, and interesting person who can write in a clear and effective manner.
It can be challenging to write a good, unique law school personal statement. Sometimes the hardest part of writing a law school personal statement is figuring out where to begin.
These are some law school personal statement brainstorming ideas that may help you figure out what topics you should discuss in your personal statement as well as what themes should permeate it. Do not become too attached to any topic or idea right away. Instead, look at all of the questions below and pick a few to begin thinking seriously about.
What are the differences between law school and college?
Understanding the primary differences between law school and college will help you in two ways:
First, it will help you to familiarize yourself with law school and what will be expected of you in law school.
Second, it will help you to understand that because law school is very different from college, you cannot use the exact same study strategies that you used in college to succeed in law school. Law school is a new game and you need a new skill set if you want to succeed.
Wondering if you should take time off before going to law school? Or if the K-JD path is the better option for you?
I was a K-JD student. I went straight through from undergrad to law school automatically without even thinking about taking time off in between. In the end, I think that was the right path for me. But looking back on my own law school experience – and hearing others talk about their own experiences – I’ve realized that taking time off between undergrad and law school provides a plethora of advantages that many undergrad students do not stop to consider.
How I took One Full Day off a Week in Law School – and Why I Recommend Scheduling Breaks
Are you wondering if you should schedule breaks in law school? Most competitive law students do not take time for regularly-scheduled breaks. This is not to say that they study 24/7 and never take any time off – they simply do not incorporate regular breaks into their schedules.
In law school, most of my friends were pretty competitive (like me) and because they wanted to succeed, they tried to work as many hours as they could seven days a week. Some even felt guilty any time they had a family function, outing, or illness that cut down on precious study time.
What is outlining? Outlining is the process of organizing and condensing all of the material that you learn over the semester into one single, manageable document that you are able to commit to memory. Outlining is an important skill to have in law school. You will be expected to make an outline for each of your core substantive law school courses.
Why outline? You will never have to hand in your outlines and you will not be graded on them. But they are invaluable tools to help you learn everything you need to know in law school. Furthermore, some of your professors may allow you to consult your outlines on your exams so it is nice to have them handy to refer to. Thus, it is important to make a law school outline for each of your law school courses. We will explain how to make a law school outline in this post. Continue reading Law School Prep Tip #9: Learn How to Make a Law School Outline→
You deserve a lot of credit for choosing to go to law school, especially given all of the negativity that surrounds that decision. The following negative statements are constantly bouncing around the media:
“Law school is so hard.” “The bar exam is impossible to pass.” “The job market is so bad.”
Law School Prep Tip #7 is to Get a Head Start on Legal Writing.
Why? Because being able to write a good paper, memo, or argument will help you not only throughout law school but also throughout your legal career. Many attorneys report that the law school class that helped them the most when they began practicing law was their legal writing or research class.
Because legal writing and research are such valuable and necessary skills for practicing attorneys, the vast majority of law schools require students to take some kind of legal writing or legal research class their first year of law school. Thus, it is a good idea to consider getting a head start on it over the summer.
My Secret to Graduating as the #1 Law Student (and Law School Prep Tip #6 Set Challenging Goals and Develop a Unique Strategy to Accomplish Them).
My decision to go to law school was not the most well-thought-out decision I’ve ever made. I think my exact logic for that decision was: “I want something challenging but medical school is too long.” I didn’t even have any desire to practice law. I was basically only going to law school because I wanted the intellectual challenge. (Side note: While I do not regret my decision to go to law school for one second, I also do not recommend that such big decisions be made with such little forethought!).
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As mentioned in our previous post, in law school, professors teach classes using the Socratic Method (rather than lecturing). This means that the professor will go in front of the classroom and ask students questions about the law and the assigned reading, rather than simply telling the students what the law is. Many times students don’t know the answer. Or they get the answer wrong . Or it takes them ten minutes to arrive at the correct answer and by the time they provide the correct answer, you forgot what the question was.
Law School Summer Prep Tip #4: Understand how Law School is different from College
We have published an article that is very similar to this one before but now we are publishing it in the context of a pre-law tip. Why? Because if you understand exactly how law school is different than college, you will be way ahead of your peers.