I resonate with this a lot.
It is my second application cycle also so I know how you feel.
I must say congratulations on getting to an AC as that is an achievement and I know how rejections can affect you and it can have an impact on mental health.
I say think of this year as a reflection...
Why is it critical to ensure diversity and inclusion in the legal profession? What are the risks of not having or achieving this?
What approach can be taken to answer this question as I don't want to be cliche or too generic like I know the obvious reasons.
Thank you very much for this and I agree with your first point yes they are rolling basis so there is no harm in emailing I guess.
I guess you are right that if you email them then there is no guarantee of a rejection.