It's just awful. Mind-boggling actually. What schools are famous for doing this? Has anyone had a specific experience like Quaker Oats? Encouraged to apply to a school where they are sure to be rejected?
I haven't had that specific experience but if you're looking at law schools cynically trying to lower their acceptance rates, I'd consider GMU. That's a school looking to do anything to boost its ranking. I know they extended their application deadline in March (when they most likely didn't have any more spots available anyway), and they spend some time bragging about their low acceptance rate on their web site. I have nothing against GMU but what they're up to seems pretty transparent.
I'll second GMU. They sent me a fee waiver and then dinged me last year.