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As a federal judge continues to weigh the case against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions, supporters on both sides are speaking up.

This week, opposing advocacy groups and academics filed rival briefs — one side arguing that a federal judge should find that Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions; the other arguing that affirmative action is beneficial.

Students for Fair Admissions accused Harvard officials of giving Asian Americans as a group the lowest personal ratings despite those applicants having high academic and extracurricular scores.

The case is being closely watched as it could affect race-conscious admissions policies at elite college across the U.S.

The case comes at such a time when the role of race in university admissions is being called into question.

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