Just wanted to keep the ball rolling and drop a note to say that I got an acceptance letter from Albany on 1/8... The offer letter came a few days later, and it was very generous.
The letter specifically said I was admitted because my interests are a good fit within the department ("wrongful convictions, legal decision-making, survey methods").
I'm a second year master's student at American, and I only applied to Albany and AU's PhD programs.
My faculty advisor at AU is on the admissions committee, and he said that they won't even begin reviewing applications until early February.
I hope this helps - good luck to everyone!