The brief asks the Court to reaffirm its holding in Grutter v. Bollinger that diversity is a compelling interest, and that universities may pursue diversity without relying upon ostensibly race-neutral alternatives that would undermine other important aspects of a university’s mission. The brief also explains the role of diversity in educating leaders at the amici universities. The brief disagrees with petitioner’s argument for a “strong-basis-in-evidence” standard to judge race-conscious university admissions, which is inappropriate and would seriously impair a university’s ability to use its educational judgment and experience in deciding which students to admit. The brief also noted that given the large number of qualified applicants to whom admission must be denied and the non-quantifiable aspects of the individualized, holistic review performed by universities like Stanford, a change in the law would invite significant litigation from disappointed applicants and judicial intrusion into university admissions.

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