Just thought I would provide a summary of blog posts that I made while trying to decide whether it was beneficial or not to send a LOCI without any substantial updates...January 12, 2011
Advice from a 1L student on the blog:
"I did not send in a revised resumé nor did I try to redesign my letters of recommendations. And I definitely did not take the February LSAT. And things worked out pretty well."May 10, 2010
In reference to applicants on the WAITLIST:
"Send in a letter of continued interest. Think carefully about this one. Sometimes applicants remain on the waitlist just for the heck of it. Why? They want to see if they’ll eventually get in – I guess it’s some sort of badge of honor. But, what if SLS is your first choice and you really want the opportunity? Let me hear from you and – this is important – remember that sincerity matters. Stay in touch with me. Don’t email me daily. Don’t call me daily. Don’t clutter up my in-box or my voicemail box. But, do let me know you remain interested as the summer progresses."February 12, 2010
More "sound advice" from a 1L student, posted by Dean Deal:
"Unless you have something critical to get in-more grades, news about that Rhodes Scholarship-there is not really not much more to do with regards to applications."January 8, 2010
Dean Deal directly gives advice on what you can do as a "waiting" applicant:
"As an applicant, what can you do if you’ve not yet heard from us regarding a decision? This would be an excellent opportunity to get us more information. If your fall grades are now available, get an updated transcript to LSAC so that our records are updated. If you’ve received any new honors or awards, send us details on that. If you’ve started a new job or taken on new responsibilities at your current job, let us know. Approach this as an opportunity to further your case – if there is something that could affect or impact our review of your application, get that information to us. Email is the quickest and most efficient way to accomplish this."
Overall, it looks like a mixed bag of commentary on the subject. But the most important point that most of these posts hinted at was "stop worrying about it" -- it won't drastically affect your chances either way. Just thought I would share since I already did all of the digging.