UC Law Constitutional Quarterly

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Admissions of a Director


The admissions process at one of the nation's most prestigious law schools is as much art as it is science. Sarah Zearfoss, Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean at the University of Michigan Law School, offers a firsthand account of the school's admissions program. In the process she answers the commonly asked question, just what do admissions committees take into account when they review an application? She describes the Law School's admissions program from a functional point of view, and explains why the concept of diversity embodies far more than race. She also refutes Justice Rehnquist's analysis in dissent in Grutter v. Bollinger by explaining how the number of accepted students from each group is a function of the number of applicants, rather than an intentional numerical quota.