Judge to hear last round of arguments in Harvard affirmative action suit

Both sides presented their cases in a earlier trial, but the judge is giving them one more chance to make arguments before she issues a ruling.
Image: People walk past Harvard University t-shirts for sale in Harvard Square in Cambridge
People walk past Harvard University t-shirts for sale in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Nov. 16, 2012.Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters file

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By Associated Press

BOSTON — A federal judge is scheduled to hear a final round of arguments in a lawsuit that says Harvard University discriminates against Asian-Americans.

Lawyers from both sides are expected to round up their cases Wednesday at Boston's federal courthouse.

The group Students for Fair Admissions says Harvard holds Asian-American applicants to a higher standard and discriminates against them using a subjective "personal rating."

Harvard says race is just one of many factors it considers and that it can only help an applicant's chances of getting in.

The case carries implications for other schools that consider race as a way to boost diversity.

Both sides presented their cases in a trial that ended in November, but the judge is giving them one more chance to make arguments before she issues a ruling.

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