What is Grutter v. Bollinger?


Grutter v. Bollinger, the 2003 landmark civil rights case, that upheld the University of Michagan's race-based admission policy. The legal suit began when Barbara Grutter, a Michigan resident with a high GPA and LSAT score was not admitted to UMichagan's Law School. She argued that the university's admissions had discriminated against her on the basis of her race. She then argued that this was a violation of her 14th amendment rights. 

The Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the UMichigan. 

The majority: Justices O'Connor, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer

Dissenters: Justice Rehnquist and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas dissented.

Justice O'Connor wrote the opinion, holding up an admissions process that may favor "underrepresented minority groups."