I think saying "waitlist" is probably fine.
This will be a stream of things but I hope some is helpful for those waiting: I'm a white male, international, 3.49/179 with significant grade difference between my first two years and my final third year. I sent in a report of my final winter grades once I had them, with a small blurb speaking to the suitability of the material/courses for predicting my academic abilities. They were my highest semester in university, and just off the best I could have done, so that helped my case. I submitted a LOCI around when the first calls were being made. It covered: commitment to attend, a visit I made in October and a story about a student I met, detail of specific programs I wanted to have access to that are unique to Columbia, my summer job and its links to law (tenuous), short explanation of how my grades demonstrated my suitability and a small allusion to my PS and my diversity, and then a restatement of my commitment. When I hadn't heard anything about 2nd reserve, I sent an email to confirm my email was correct (^^;) and included a short statement expressing continued commitment to attend. Replied super quick to the conversation email and had an early slot on Wednesday.
My interview with Jeb had these questions: What sparked your interest in [x activity that I talked about in my PS] and how have you grown doing it in uni, what was good about your [job with the student's society in the last semester], tell me about [other different job I had within the university the year prior], how did you balance all your ECs and school [he felt my major was difficult and that my ECs were time consuming], what challenges do you think you'll face at CLS because of [x trait that is big to me and was the central aspect of my PS but I'd rather not say what], how did you decide on your undergraduate major, do you have any idea what kind of law you want to do, would you attend and what are your current fall plans.
I didn't think I answered the question about the challenges I would face very well, and I didn't get enough time to talk about how only my third year was representative, grades-wise, so when I wrote my thank you email after the call, I included a short blurb and example to strengthen both ideas. The dean called me about the offer, and for what it's worth she told me Jeb really enjoyed talking with me and would be excited to hear I was accepting.
I'll be attending--really good luck to everyone else!
Edit: Aw, they put a note on the bottom of my letter and underlined "enthusiasm". ^^
StillIll wrote:Ok, off the current topic, have any recent reserve admits been given their housing assignments yet? I just got mine, and apparently I'm set up in the general grad student housing (with a guy from the business school and a guy getting his masters of architecture).
Have you guys been able to get law student housing? Or is this in virtue of something wacky I put on my application? I asked for cheaper end, which I got, but I would be willing to pay a couple hundred more per month if I could get in the law housing.
I was shooting for one on the 115th street 400 block, but I'm on 114th instead.
I'll let you know once I hear back about housing, as I have the same preferences.