California Vs Bakke Case Study Essay

1. The court case that will be written about is Regents of the University of California v. Bakke 1978.
2. Before this case took place, there had recently been many cases and laws that had been implemented regarding racial segregation and discrimination. In 1964, The Civil Rights Act passed which forbids racial discrimination in any program or activity receiving federal funding ((2)”Regents of the University of California v. Bakke.”). The main law that was put into question and was used in the persecutor’s argument was the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Bakke believed that his rights under the Fourteenth Amendment were being violated by UC Davis’s admission program.
3. Allan Bakke was a 35-year-old white male who after serving in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and working as an engineer for NASA, developed an interest in medicine. Bakke applied to UC Davis and was rejected even though he had attained a GPA and MCAT grade above the school’s average. Along with excellent academic recognition, he also had very good credentials beyond the classroom and was even interviewed by UC Davis’s Dr. Theodore West who stated that Bakke was, “a…

The effect of this case was that racial quotas were ruled to be unconstitutional, while affirmative action programs would remain constitutional. These affirmative action programs would rule as constitutional as long as race is one of many admission factors, it is used to remedy past findings of discrimination, or to promote the school’s diversity levels. This also allowed more diversity to be added to universities and this topic would be brought up once again in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) where Bakke’s case requirements allowed the University of Michigan’s affirmative action program to pass through by having the interest of a diverse student body and giving significant but not determinative weight to its applicants’ race. (“The Supreme Court. Expanding Civil Rights. Landmark Cases. Regents of California v. Bakke…