Well, I applied to the LEOP (Legal Education Opportunity Program) because Hastings sent LEOP information along with their application package and suggested I apply. I applied to the program figuring it couldn't hurt, but I was accepted by Hastings without inclusion in the LEOP program. I'm guessing that I might not have qualified as having come from a nontraditional background and they're leaving LEOP seats for more nontraditional students. In all the literature I've read about the LEOP, it seems that Hastings accepts a certain percentage (in the order of 20%, iirc) of their class through the LEOP. If that's the case, it seems a LEOP waitlist will waitlist you for that certain percentage who are granted admission into Hastings through LEOP every year. I don't think it's a standard waitlist letter (it might be a different waitlist than the regular waitlist for non-LEOP students), but it is still a waitlist letter for UC Hastings – albeit, you have to take part in the LEOP if you do get accepted.
Of course, this is just my take on it. To be sure, I'd suggest Smyles contact the LEOP office.