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In her decision, Judge Burroughs defended the benefits of diversity, saying it was not yet time to look beyond race in college admissions.

[Read our explainer on the Harvard affirmative action lawsuit.]

The plaintiff, Students for Fair Admissions, represents a group of Asian-American students rejected by Harvard.

Harvard did this, they said, in part by downgrading applications from Asian-Americans based on a subjective rating system that was vulnerable to stereotyping.

Still, she said that Harvard’s admissions process was “not perfect.”The judge suggested that Harvard could do more to guard against the unconscious biases of admissions officers, echoing an argument that the plaintiff made at trial.

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