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DeFunis v. Odegaard

United States Supreme Court
416 U.S. 312 (1974)


Facts

DeFunis (plaintiff) challenged the admission process of the University of Washington Law School (defendant) as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. He sought, and was awarded, an injunction in state court, requiring his admission to the University. The Washington Supreme Court reversed, but the judgment was stayed pending DeFunis’ appeal to this Court. At the time the matter was argued before the Court, DeFunis was in his final term of law school, and the University agreed that DeFunis’ registration for his final term would not be canceled regardless of the Court’s decision.

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Holding and Reasoning (Per Curiam)

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