I got an email today:
Your application for admission has been preliminarily reviewed by our Admissions and Scholarship Committee. I'm pleased to let you know that the Committee is impressed by your record and that you are a very competitive candidate.
As a result of a significant increase in our application volume for this year's incoming class, we woudl like to have from you a statement that describes your interest in XXXX College of Law and how a XXXX legal education might help achieve professional goals you have set for yourself.
You are welcome to email this statement (up to two pages) to me at anytime in the next three weeks. Once received, your file will be re-reviewed by the Admissions and Scholarship Committee and their decision will be communicated to you. Thank you.
It sounds like they want a "Why XXXX school essay". I am an auto-admit based on their numbers in recent years. Would you assume they're just trying to identify the real candidates here from the folks who have no serious interest in the school? As a form of self-selecting yield protection?