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Bakke v Regents of the University of California Case Summary The University of California at Davis arranged a dual admissions program one for regular admission students and one for disadvantaged students mainly those of a minority race With the regular admission a student must have above a 25 GPA and be screened with an interview From there the students would be given a benchmark score ranging from 1 to 100 with the rating concerning the previously mentioned qualifications and the students score on the Medical College Admissions Test Annually there were 100 spots available in the school 16 spots were set aside for the consideration of the disadvantaged students To be consideration for one of the spots a student would select economically andor educationally disadvantage These applicants did not have to meet the 25 GPA nor were they compared to those applying for regular admissions From 1971 to 1974 students who were African American Mexican American and Asian were all admitted to the college through the disadvantaged program No disadvantaged white candidates received admission through the special program Allan Bakke was a white male who applied for regular admission and was rejected two years in a row During those same years minority applicants with lower grade point averages MCAT scores and benchmark score were admitted to the college After the second rejection Bakke filed a suit with the Superior Court of Yolo County alleging that the special admission program violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it excluded him on the basis of race Summary Concurring Opinion Race or ethnic background may be deemed a plus in a particular applicants file yet it does not insulate the individual from comparison with all other candidates for the available seats Justice Powell Speaking for the Court Justice Lewis Powell had the deciding vote
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