worldtraveler wrote:OK I just looked at Quakeroat's post. I got the same e-mail and it's NOT a waitlist. The subject is "Priority Reserve List"
This is the text:
Thank you for your application to Duke Law School! Previously, Dean Hoye wrote
to you offering you a spot on our Priority Reserve list for Fall 2009. Now
that our application deadline has passed and we are working on completing
decisions on the rest of our class, I’d like to ask you to confirm your
continued interest in Duke.
Applicants to Duke Law this year make up the largest and strongest group we
have received to date. In addition, because we enroll 40-45 students in our
summer-starting dual degree programs, there are only160 seats in our fall JD
class. Therefore, this year’s application process is exceptionally
competitive. However, we will closely monitor the state of our class over the
next several weeks, and hope that we will have the opportunity to extend offers
of admission to candidates on the Priority Reserve list.
You may indicate whether or not you wish to accept your position on our
Priority Reserve list by completing the online form here:
If we do not hear from you by March 27, we will remove you from our Priority
Reserve list and close your application file. Please be sure to keep us
informed of changes to your contact information.
We appreciate your patience during the admissions process, and we will do our
best to reach a final decision on your candidacy as soon as possible. In the
meantime, please feel free to submit updated or additional information such as
letters of recommendation, transcripts for work completed since your
application was submitted, or any new honors or awards received.
So it's not a waitlist, there is no priority reserve WL. We can all breathe.
You're being asked to wait until they figure out how many admitted applicants will commit to attending. If enough of them choose not to attend, you'll be offered a spot. If an insufficient number of Priority Reserve applicants responds positively to fill up a class, they'll turn to the wait listed candidates.
Essentially, I really don't see how this isn't a preferred wait list. Even if they aren't calling it by that name, it's what it is in substance, for all intents and purposes.