Education: The Would-Be Doctor

Do university admissions programs that favor minority applicants violate the civil rights of whites? The "reverse discrimination" question came before the Supreme Court two years ago in the case of Marco DeFunis, who had sued the University of Washington Law School for barring him while accepting a minority student with lower test scores than his. But DeFunis, who had been admitted by order of a lower court, had nearly finished his studies by the time his case reached the Supreme Court, and so the Justices declined to make a ruling. Since then several similar cases have come before the lower courts,...