On the one hand, 47% of law schools reported to Kaplan in a survey that their current class size is smaller than last year's.
However, 46% are upbeat that for the 2015-2016 academic year enrollment will increase. This is reported in The Wall Street Journal by Jacob Gershman (sub. req.)
Are the rosy forecasts a Machiavellian move? Tell them they will be applying to law school and they will. That is the force field the law schools can create. And it could be effective.
In the 2014 book "Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception," Joseph T. Hallinan documents how powerful a belief can be. If law schools believe that enrollment will get a nice boost and get students to also believe that, enrollment will very likely get a strong boost. Here you can order the book on Amazon.con.