40 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2008
This article provides an overview of the Federal Courts' interpretation of equal protection challenges to affirmative action admission policies beginning with University of California v. Bakke through the recent Supreme Court decisions of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. The article then identifies and outlines the appropriate elements of a constitutionally sound affirmative action admission policy. Finally, the article concludes that the permissible policy is almost unattainable for schools other than small institutions.
Keywords: Constitutional law, affirmative action, admission policy, education, civil rights
JEL Classification: I20, K19, K39, I29
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Garfield, Leslie Yalof, The Cost of Good Intentions: Why the Supreme Court's Decision Upholding Affirmative Action Admission Programs is Detrimental to the Cause. Pace Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 15, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148422