Essay about The Case Of Allan Bakke

1217 Words Sep 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Allan Bakke was a white male who applied to the University of California in hopes of being accepted into the Davis Medical School. He applied in 1973 and again in 1974. He was rejected both years. During both 1973 and 1974, one hundred applicants would be accepted and students who apply would be given the choice to mark whether or not they considered themselves to be “economically and/or educationally disadvantaged.” They could also choose if they belong to a minority group. The students who meet this criteria would not have to meet a GPA of 2.5 and did not have to go up against other students in the general admissions program. Bakke was a member of the general admissions. Both years he was judged on a GPA higher than 2.5, science course scores, MCAT, extracurricular activities, personality, and etc. Out of a 600 score during the admission process, Bakke was awarded 470 in 1973 and 549 in 1974. During 1974, four spots reserved for the “special admissions” program were still available when Bakke was denied acceptance under general admissions. He did not qualify as a “disadvantaged” student, however, his test scores were higher than some of those in the “special admissions” program. Bakke felt the Equal Protection clause of his 14th Amendment rights were being challenged. This is to ensure that each individual is given the same treatment under the same circumstances under the law. Bakke sued saying “that the special admissions program denied him equal protection of…

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