Brief Fact Summary. A white law school applicant challenges a law school’s use of race as a factor in the admissions process.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Schools may consider race as a part of the admissions process as long as it is only one factor in an individualized process.
Facts. Petitioner, Barbara Grutter, applied for admission to University of Michigan Law School in 1997 with an undergraduate GPA of 3.8 and an LSAT of 161. She was denied. Petitioner, who is white, is challenging the law school’s use of race as a factor in the admissions process.
Issue. Did the University of Michigan’s use of racial preferences in the admissions process violate the Equal Protection Clause or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?