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Hopwood v. Texas

About the Case

Hopwood v. Texas, 78 F.3d 932 (5th Cir. 1996), involved four white plaintiffs who were denied admission to the University of Texas School of Law and successfully challenged the school's admission policy on equal protection grounds. For the purposes of affirmative action, the policy had included race as a factor. 

The Hopwood case was abrogated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), in which the Court upheld the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School. 

Resources

Print Materials 

Litigation materials from the Hopwood case have been compiled into printed volumes and are available at the Tarlton Law Library.  Please see the library's catalog record for stack location and availability.  

Digital Materials

You can find digital materials through HeinOnline's collection of Hopwood v. Texas Litigation Documents. 

Archived Research Guide

Members of the Tarlton Law Library Reference Staff, 1997-2002, compiled information about the case into a research guide that has been preserved in Tarlton Law Library's archive. For more information, please email archives@law.utexas.edu