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Led by a Latino student with a perfect academic record in high school and a rejection notice from UC-Berkeley, a coalition of civil rights groups on Tuesday sued the university in federal court over its admission policies.

The advocates said school policies, fashioned last year after the University of California-Berkeley abandoned affirmative action programs, discriminate against minority applicants by relying too heavily on test scores and advance placement classes. Both admissions practices disproportionately and illegally favor whites over minority applicants, the suit alleges, because minority high school students do not have the same access as white students.

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