Regents of the Un. of Cal. V. Bakke

Oct 12, 1977-June 28, 1978


Allan Bakke, a 35 year-old white man, was applying to the University of California Medical School at Davis (UCMSD). He applied two times and was denied both times. At UCMSD, they will only accept 100 applications to the program and 16 of them must be a qualified minority. Bakke disagreed with this because they were discriminating towards minorities, even though he is more qualified then the 16 other candidates.

This violated the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment

Where this was located?

This all began in California. The location didn't affect the case.


This case showed how the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th amendment was being overplayed for the blacks and was hurting the whites. This helped to make everyone, no matter race, would be equal in choosing anything, without having any separation because of race. This still is coming into affect in the US today. There is never anything that separates the amount of whites or blacks that can be allowed in to college, a job, or really anywhere. Now you don't have to worry about the color of your skin to be able to get something or be able to attend somewhere as long as you meet the requirements. Like where the case began, students are now picked be best qualifications without any limits on how many whites and blacks are allowed to get in.

Other Events Happening During This Time.

-The Philadelphia Order

President Nixon initiated the Philadelphia Order that required all jobs had to guarantee that they would have fair hiring practice in construction jobs. The reason why this was called the Philadelphia Order is because this was becoming a major issue in the city of Philadelphia.

-Fullilove V. Klutznick

-While Bakke struck down strict quotas for other races, this court case allowed for some modest quotas that were perfectly constitutional. Congress then upheld a federal law requiring that 15% of funds for public works would be set aside for minority contractors.