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Blatt v. University of Southern California
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Blatt (Plaintiff), a student at the University of Southern California law school (Defendant), claims that Defendant told him that he would be eligible for admission to the Order of the Coif, an honors society, if he graduated in the top ten percent of his class. After graduating fourth in his class and in the top ten percent of his class, he was not admitted to the honors society. Plaintiff subsequently filed suit against Defendant and sought to compel his admission to the society through injunctive and declaratory relief. After the trial court dismissed the case, Plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeal of California.
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