i'm only on one, but according to LSN, that school has issued more waitlists than rejections, and nearly as many waitlists as acceptances. anyone else thing this is kinda ridiculous?
I don't know, I think it's almost necessary for schools to waitlist a ton of people. I forget the exact statistic, but I think LSAC says that the average applicant applies to something like 11 or 14 schools or something like that. When you have that many people applying to that many schools, it makes sense to waitlist a huge number of people just in case, since odds are everyone you accept will have several other offers on the board. If you have a bunch of folks in reserve, it keeps your bases covered as a law school.
And the law schools also don't want to run into the problem that Wyoming (I'm pretty sure it was them) had a few years ago when they accepted a bunch of people, expected a good number to withdraw, but had a large number of them accept the admissions offer, leaving the school saddled with more people then they wanted. I'm not sure how they solved it, but I'm sure it was a headache. Waitlisting a few folks that you otherwise would accept can help prevent that.
And as an applicant, I'd rather be waitlisted then rejected. At least you're still in the hunt if you're on the list. Granted you might be pruned out of the bottom of the list if that's where you are, but at least you have a shot.