I received on Friday at 2:58 pm an email titled Boalt Hll. It was followed by the Colored Admitted Student Event email sent at 5:58 and a Matching Tuition Financial Aid email sent at 6:22. On saturday I received at 1:46 a final email titled "AN EXPLANATION AND ANOTHER APOLOGY" The first email and the final email are the following:
Dear Mr. XXXXXX,
Congratulations! I am delighted to invite you to join the entering class of 2006 at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Your formal admission letter and packet will leave Berkeley late next week. It will include a copy of the Boalt Hall Resource Guide, which contains details about our interdisciplinary curriculum, concentration areas, faculty, general information about life at Berkeley, and much more.
Your packet also will contain a request that you let us know your initial response to my offer by April 14. Your response may be tentative at that time, and I will not require a final enrollment decision until mid-June. No deposit will be required at any time. You are about to enter a profession in which your integrity, candor, and word of honor are more important than your money.
Our Financial Aid Office will be informed of your admission by the end of business today. Details about financial aid will be included in your admission packet. Please feel free to contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by phone at (510) 642-1563 if you have any questions in the interim.
You should know that the Berkeley campus is a stunningly beautiful place. I encourage you to visit us. We will host an Admitted Students Visit Day on Friday, April 7, 2006, and your packet will contain information about an airline travel subsidy to facilitate your attending this event. If you can't wait until April, you are most welcome to visit Boalt Hall at any time. Guided tours of the campus are available to the public Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m., and on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. They begin at the Campus Visitors Center, 101 University Hall, located at the corner of Oxford Street and University Avenue. Contact the Visitors Center at (510) 642-4636 for information.
You should also know that a number of Boalt Hall graduates around the country have volunteered to provide you with information about Boalt Hall. To locate them, go to our alumni search engine at: www.law.berkeley.edu/perl-bin/alumni.pl
I congratulate you on an outstanding application and on this opportunity to study at one of the premier institutions of higher education in the world, and I very much hope that you will join us here at Boalt Hall in August.
Please contact me if any questions arise.
AN EXPLANATION AND ANOTHER APOLOGY (Saturday @ 1:46pm)
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
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