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Hopwood v. Texas

What are the Potential Effects of this Litigation?

District Court Court of Appeals
The Effects of This Litigation

The outrageous requests for damages made by three of the plaintiffs in this case illustrate the significant financial risks federally funded state universities face when routine admission decisions are challenged.

  • Hopwood v. Texas, 999 F. Supp. 872, 923 (W.D. Tex. 1998)

If the law school continues to operate a disguised or overt racial classification system in the future its actors could be subject to actual and punitive damages.

  • Hopwood v. Texas, 78 F.3d 932, 959 (5th Cir. 1996)

Public universities deserve the freedom to make the necessarily difficult choices regarding admission, and part of that endeavor entails not only consideration of the individual applicant but also the needs of higher education in general and the educational institution and class in particular.

  • Hopwood v. Texas, 999 F. Supp. 872, 923 (W.D. Tex. 1998)