Grutter v. Bollinger


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  • Grutter v. Bollinger
  • In 1997, Barbra Grutter (a white student who had a 3.8 GPA and high test scores) was denied admission to the University of Michigan Law School. She filed a lawsuit against the school claiming that she was being discriminated against because of her race.
  • Case Background:
  • Is it a violation of the Consitution for Universitites to use race as a deciding factor in admissions?
  • A 5-4 ruling sided with the University of Michigan and their use of affirmative action. This case, along with Gratz v, Bollinger helped to redefine the Supreme Court's stance on affirmative action, which now states that these programs are only constitutional if race is only one factor considered and is being used strictly to encourage diversity.
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