March 8th, 2011
Is the optional essay truly an “option”? In a word, no. You definitely do not want to repeat your personal statement, but why not take the opportunity to tell an admissions committee more about yourself? We at jdMission are of the opinion that you do not need to focus on multicultural, religious, ethnic or socio-economic diversity to write this essay. Everyone has a complex and compelling story to tell, and the optional essay is another opportunity to persuade the admissions committee that you should be a part of the next entering class. Think about highlighting an unofficial extracurricular activity or program you were involved in that truly touched someone’s life. Maybe you coached a troubled soccer team to victory while bringing together teenagers of different backgrounds? Perhaps you started an internship program that not only gave interns great experience, but also helped a company get back on its feet? Or maybe you took some time off of school to commit yourself to an act of service?
Of course, these are just some examples, and what you might discuss in an optional essay all depends on you, but you probably have more to say than you realize. Your unique stories can showcase your leadership and creativity, and maybe even reveal the early talents of a rainmaker—all qualities law school admissions committees look for in future students.
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