Apparently, about 1/8 of people who are under faculty review will get in. Also, in order to be waitlisted, you first have to go under faculty review.
From the TLS interview section:
TLS: What does the admissions process consist of, and how is an application rated?
Dean Tom: “Well, all the files are read, previewed initially by me or by one of my staff. I have 4 other people who help me with the application process initially. However, I read the bulk of them. I read about two-thirds of the applicant pool, while the other 4 read the other one-third.”
TLS: Wow, busy man.
Dean Tom: “Yeah. But it’s structured this way because I know what I’m looking for. And, if my staff finds an applicant whom they want to admit, they have to bring the file to me for a final review. Concurrent to this review process we also identify about 1400 to 1600 other applications that are very competitive, and these we send to our faculty admissions committee, comprised of 6 faculty and 12 students. Students serve in an advising capacity on the committee. I admit roughly 550 people through what I call the administrative review process, and the admissions committee (the faculty committee) admits about another 200 or so. So, we end up admitting about 700 to 750 people. The admissions committee also structures a waiting list, and then everyone else is denied, either administratively or by the Committee.
Good info. Thanks. So if I've got this right:
According to their website (http://www.law.berkeley.edu/47.htm#Q1
), they have about 6,000 to 8,000 total applicants, of which they admit about 700 to 750 total. This means a total acceptance rate of about 8%-12%.
Under faculty review, there are 1600 in the pool, of which about 200 are admitted. This is a 12.5% acceptance rate. So your statistical chances of being accepted via faculty review is equal to (maybe slightly higher) than you chances of being accepted through either admissions process (because my total acceptance rate includes administrative + faculty review).
It'd be interesting to see stats of how many are placed on the wait list, and then accepted from the wait list. Assuming this happens at all (which it must) this would increase the likelihood of acceptance statistics of faculty review. Although then you'd have to wait even longer.