Anyways, it's been quite a while and I haven't heard anything back. I was going to send a LOCI. Also, I was thinking of "accidentally" being in the area and then stopping in the admissions office to say 'hi' and then inquire about my applications status. I just feel that I should get some answers because I can't live like a nervous wreck anymore. Maybe I should send an e-mail asking if there's been a decision and what it is? I need proactive advice.
Don't stress - as Asha (the head of admissions here at YLS) has said time and again, the unique application review process (http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissions/archive/2007/11/08/the-secret.aspx) means that it will often take longer to hear back from Yale; **many** decisions aren't made till February, March, or April.
In other words, no worries that you haven't heard back yet...they know you're still interested! If you happen to be in New Haven, you'd certainly be welcome to take a student-led tour (1pm on most Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays - but call ahead to confirm!), but trust me - if they have made a decision, they'll let you know (usually by phone unless you're out of phone contact, like, in Africa or something) as soon as possible! It's not like the admissions staff just sits on decisions b/c they like to see people squirm...instead, they're waiting for faculty reviewers to carefully complete the steps of the process. [Asking for a decision won't make one come more quickly...in fact, it's just a (sorry to be blunt) waste of the staff's time.]