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Sweatt v. Painter (1950)

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Meg McGuire

on 17 February 2011

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Transcript of Sweatt v. Painter (1950)

Sweatt v. Painter (1950) Issues Behind the Case Herman Marion Sweatt applied to the University of Texas Law School and was automatically denied admission after submiting an application. Texas state law said it was against the law for blacks to access the university. The state
attempted to resovle the issue by offering him acceptance to the universitiy's 'separate but equal' facility. Differences Between the University of Texas Law School and the 'seprate but equal' facility University of Texas Law School The Separate But 'Equal' Facility 16 full-time & 3 part time professors
850 students
65,000 volume library
law review
moot court facilities
scholarship funds
Order of the Coif affiliation 5 full time proffesors
23 students
16,500 volume library
practice court
legal aid association Arguments Sweatt's Side Argued that the legal education offered to Sweatt was not equal to the eduction he would recieve if he was admitted to the University of Texas Law School. They also said that becuase of the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment, it is required Sweatt should be accempted into the University of Texas Law School. Painter's Side Argued that the separate facility for blacks fulfilled the Separate But Equal Clause to the Fourteenth Amendment. Also, they said that the Separate but Equal Clause does not apply to the area of public education. Court's Vote The vote was nine to zero in Sweatt's favor. Opinion of the Court The court unanimously believed that the separate facility for blacks did not qualify as equal. Did not qualify because of reasons like the number of teachers and books and also didn't qualify because of intanglible factors like the fact that would be isolated from fellow future lawyers. Through this case . . . The supreme court ruled that when considering graduate education, intanglible factors must also be equal in the Separate but Equal Clause.
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