Hopeful Law Students Fooled by University Error

The University of California's law school sent out an e-mail inviting recipients to a party for people who had won early admission. But it went to 3,000 applicants who had not been admitted at all. Admissions director Edward Tom says he accidentally sent the e-mail while training a new staff member.

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One school administrator probably wishes that nobody had been able to read an e-mail he sent to thousands of people. The e-mail came from the law school at the University of California Berkeley. The law school admissions director Edward Tom was showing a new employee how to use the e-mail system. That's when he hit the SEND key.


The invitation that he accidentally sent was to a private event. He was supposed to invite about 500 people who'd been granted early admission to the law school. Instead, the letter went to thousands of applicants who had not been admitted to anything. Some were elated to learn they got into Berkeley until they received a second e-mail and then a third saying it was all a mistake.

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