This Comment will begin by examining the facts and procedural history of the Hopwood case. It will discuss background information relevant to understanding affirmative action and the precedent used by the Fifth Circuit, most notably the Bakke decision. This Comment will also examine the application of affirmative action in higher education admissions policies. It will evaluate the Fifth Circuit's reasoning for contradicting Bakke when the Fifth Circuit concluded that racial considerations are impermissible in admission plans in higher education. Finally, this Comment proposes that the Fifth Circuit was hasty in rendering its conclusion.
Emily V. Pastorius,
The Erosion of Affirmative Action: The Fifth Circuit Contradicts the Supreme Court on the Issue of Diversity, 27 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.