Sarah Zearfoss, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at The University of Michigan Law School, has written in her blog, A2Z, about two new changes to the Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practice from the LSAC.
One change was made to the discussion of early-decision programs, now rendering a floating program unacceptable. As Zearfoss elaborates, At some schools, an applicant can convert a regular-decision application into an early-decision application at any point in the admissions season. When the stress starts getting to you, you agree to forego all others in an exchange for a quick admit decision. The school locks you in, thereby saving itself any financial aid its policies might otherwise have dictated it disburse in order to recruit you. The Statement now makes pretty clear that those policies are verboten.
In another change, applicants can now accept a new offer from a law school, even if he/she has already made a commitment to a different school, and/or accepted a scholarship and paid a deposit. However, beginning on May 15, law schools get information about which of their deposited applicants also hold deposits at other schools, and a law school is free to make a policy that forbids submitting deposits to more than one law school-and can withdraw its offer to you if you do so. It does mean, however, that if you have accepted a law school's offer, that school cannot require you to withdraw from all other waitlists.
While not perfect, at least these new amendments seem to be taking the applicants into account, and not only making decisions based on the law schools' best interests.