The U.S. Supreme Court this summer is widely expected to overturn affirmative action, a finding that would reverberate through legal departments and law firms at a time many observers already are frustrated with the slow pace of progress in increasing diversity.

The high court is considering two cases involving race-based college admissions—Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. Students allege the colleges’ consideration of race in the admissions process violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 14th Amendment.