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Umm, Boalt Email?

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Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #180 on: February 18, 2006, 10:50:35 AM »
Not that I'm condoning the error, but perhaps it wasn't their fault: maybe they were hacked.

It's worth a thought.

The error isn't the issue.

The response is what I and imagine most of us are up in arms about.

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Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #181 on: February 18, 2006, 10:54:46 AM »
I got this horrible e-mail too and I have not even gone complete and my app was sent in late nov. I sent them an e-mail telling them that after reading the e-mail I jumped up and down until I realized it was a mistake. Also my mother is Hispanic however, because of a sense of honor, I failed to inform this to them (I checked Caucasian my other half). I now regret this and also told them this in the e-mail and asked them if I should rectify the situation. The reason I left out my Hispanic heritage on a lot of my apps is that I don't know if it is right that minorities get a bump in the admissions process. But to tell you the truth, at this point I will take what ever advantage I can get and wish I put down my part Hispanic heritage on all my apps. Luckily on my Michigan and duke app I am considered Hispanic so maybe it will help me out with them seeing I am borderline (167/3.96)

magnumalv

Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #182 on: February 18, 2006, 10:55:11 AM »
While the response was brusque, I think it was meant as damage control. My bet is that we'll get a more PC response later this week.

As for a purely speculative motive for why they wouldn't mention a hack right away: It prolly wouldn't make us feel any better that our sensitive information is available to god knows who.

magnumalv

Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #183 on: February 18, 2006, 10:55:41 AM »
Whadya know. Look what I just got:

At approximately 3:00 p.m. California time last Friday, February, 17, an e-mail was generated and sent in error to a portion of our applicant pool.  The subject line was "You Are Cordially Invited…" and inferred that the recipient had been admitted to Boalt Hall.  The body of this e-mail was an invitation to an annual event hosted by two of our graduates.  It was not an offer of admission.

The e-mail was generated in the context of a software training session, and was sent in error.  If you did not receive the e-mail in question, you need not read further.

To those of you who were recipients, I wish to express our deep regret for any confusion or disappointment our error may have caused.  I realize that many law school applicants are particularly anxious while awaiting the arrival of decision letters, and it is most unfortunate that our mistake may have added to this tension.  Immediately upon discovering what had happened on Friday, a retraction and apology e-mail was sent to the same list of addressees.  Some of you have contacted our office, and I wish to express our thanks to those who were understanding about this regrettable situation.

Our admissions process is proceeding smoothly and we anticipate that, as in other years, it should be completed toward the end of March.  Decision letter mailings may begin in the next 2-3 weeks.

Once again, please accept our heartfelt apology for any distress our error may have caused.

Sincerely,

Edward Tom

magnumalv

Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #184 on: February 18, 2006, 11:05:05 AM »
No replies? Everyone must be checking their email.  :D

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Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #185 on: February 18, 2006, 11:13:58 AM »
No replies? Everyone must be checking their email.  :D
:o :o
Well. Mr. Ed got a clue. Good for him. I hope he is telling the truth about the decision letter mailings.

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Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #186 on: February 18, 2006, 11:17:57 AM »
hmmm, no second apology for me.... perhaps they are not really sure who got the emails??
none here either

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Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #187 on: February 18, 2006, 11:19:59 AM »
nope. didn't get one.

Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #188 on: February 18, 2006, 11:29:26 AM »
haven't gotten one either...

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Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« Reply #189 on: February 18, 2006, 11:36:49 AM »
I got this horrible e-mail too and I have not even gone complete and my app was sent in late nov. I sent them an e-mail telling them that after reading the e-mail I jumped up and down until I realized it was a mistake. Also my mother is Hispanic however, because of a sense of honor, I failed to inform this to them (I checked Caucasian my other half). I now regret this and also told them this in the e-mail and asked them if I should rectify the situation. The reason I left out my Hispanic heritage on a lot of my apps is that I don't know if it is right that minorities get a bump in the admissions process. But to tell you the truth, at this point I will take what ever advantage I can get and wish I put down my part Hispanic heritage on all my apps. Luckily on my Michigan and duke app I am considered Hispanic so maybe it will help me out with them seeing I am borderline (167/3.96)

I think it really depends on how you identified yourself prior to applying to law school.  If you have always checked Caucasian, your records back to elementary say Caucasian and you've never particularly identified yourself with the Hispanic culture, I think it might be suspect, and probably unethical to try to get the extra boost by checking the Hispanic box.  If, however, you have identified equally with both, or more so with Hispanic, and your records up to now are not in conflict with that, you should probably try to change back to Hispanic.  You're not THAT borderline at Boalt, anyway and you have a great shot of getting in, but if this makes you sleep better at night, you should definitely try to get it changed.  Good luck getting through to a live human being in admissions, though.  I hear it's really tough.  Hang in there, though.  It will all work out.