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Inside the Law: College Admission Trade Secret

August 24, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. How do you get into Harvard? We may find out. 

Good grades? Check. Good SATs. Yep. But to get into a top college, you need more than that -- a subjective, special something. What that something is is something of a mystery, and it's what a lawsuit filed against Harvard aims to find out. 

The 2014 discrimination case filed by Asian students argues that it's harder to get in if you're Asian because Harvard penalizes the achievements of Asian-American applicants as a group, while giving preference to racial and other minorities. They want access to Harvard's admission training materials, but last month, Harvard's lawyers argued that the training documents are a trade secret and keeping them under seal would prevent "applicants from attempting to 'game the system.'" 

It remains to be seen whether the court will require Harvard to disclose its process. For now, encouraging your kid to be a genius, a record-breaking athlete and a captain of industry before he turns 18 seems to be the best way to ensure admission. 

Good luck with that.