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Constitutional Law Keyed to Shanor
Grutter v. Bollinger
Citation:539 U.S. 306 (2003)
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Seeking to admit a group of students who individually and collectively are among the most capable, the University of Michigan Law School looks for individuals with substantial promise for success in law school and a strong likelihood of succeeding in the practice of law and contributing in diverse ways to the well-being of others. The Law School seeks a mix of students with varying backgrounds and experiences who will respect and learn from each other. In reviewing an applicant’s file, admissions officials must consider the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and Law School Admissions Test score. Other soft variables are all brought to bear in assessing an applicant’s likely contributions to the intellectual and social life of the institution. Petitioner Barbara Grutter, a white Michigan student who applied to the Law School with a 3.8 GPA and 161 LSAT score, was rejected to the admissions. Petitioner alleged that respondents discriminated against her on the basis of race in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
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