And one way to display good judgment is in the decision that one makes in what essays to submit, whether you do optional essays, whether you submit addenda, and whether those optional essays and addenda are actually useful to us. Explain the circumstances, take responsibility, then end on a positive note—briefly state what you learned from the situation.
If you are providing multiple addenda, provide a separate description header for each statement. Because we believe that diversity enriches the educational experience of all our students, Duke Law School seeks to admit students from a variety of academic, cultural, social, ethnic, economic, and other backgrounds.
What you do or say is entirely up to you. But you may describe significant events that negatively impacted your test-day score.
Ordinary predictive measures for academic success might be of less value if prior performance has been partly the result of a disadvantage.
What is the most important thing you have changed your mind about? You can use this checklist to keep track of what you need to complete. The applicant who writes a pertinent, well-conceived essay in response to a general application question sets himself apart with the insights he provides and the quality of his writing.
This program honors the commitment of both USC Gould and our students dedicated to working and serving the public interest.