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University of California v. Bakke

Significance, Reverse Discrimination Claimed, Further Readings


The Medical School of the University of California


Allan Bakke

Petitioner's Claim

That the California Supreme Court erred in ruling that the school's special-admissions program for minorities violated Bakke's civil rights as a white male when he was denied admission.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioner

Archibald Cox, Paul J. Mishkin, Jack B. Owens, Donald L. Reidhaar

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Reynold H. Colvin

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

28 June 1978


That the school's special-admissions program was unconstitutional.

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  • United Steelworkers of America v. Weber, 443 U.S. 193 (1979).
  • Hopwood v. Texas, 78 F.3d 932 (5th Cir. 1996).

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