There are definitely too many people in this thread freaking out about not getting the e-mail. It either means 1) your application is still under review in the initial stages 2) you were held for further consideration, 3) you were rejected, and you'll hear soon, or 4) you were accepted, and you'll hear soon.
You forgot 5) you were waitlisted and you'll hear soon.
Possibly, but my understanding of the interview posted by Data (http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=950) is that only the Faculty Commitee creates the waitlist and the initial review has three options: 1) admit, 2) deny, or 3) send to Faculty Committee.
most people who are "freaking out" about not getting the e-mail applied before December, so there is no way number 1 would apply.
If you can point to somewhere that says "all applicants applying before December will undergo the initial review before the end of January" by all means you are correct. I've never seen such a statement, so I think there's no reason to assume that the initial review will never take more than two months.
number 3 IS a reason to freak out,
True, but my point is that not getting this e-mail does not equal a rejection.
and number 4 isn't really relevant to those who don't have auto-admit numbers.
Not necessarily true. According to the interview referenced above, of about 7100 applicants, about 550 people are accepted via the initial review. About another 200 people are accepted via the Faculty Committee. The number of initial admits (550) divided by the total number of admits (750) means that about 73% of the admitted applicants come from the initial review. Unfortunately we can't use the 25/75 score percentiles or index numbers to make any conclusions because those are only measures of attending students (not all admitted applicants), but I would doubt that the top 73% of admitted students all have scores above the attending student score medians. Additionally, I'll note there are several acceptences on LSN with index scores that are "in range" according to www.lsatreport.com, and the interview referenced above never indicates that only "auto-admit" candidates are accepted via the initial review.