Forcing colleges to ignore race in admissions would infringe on their academic freedom and discriminate against applicants who discuss life experiences related to their racial or ethnic backgrounds, a coalition of higher education groups told the Supreme Court on Monday.

The groups, in a legal brief, were seeking to highlight what they view as a First Amendment problem if the court decides to prohibit the consideration of race in admissions when it rules on two affirmative action cases pending in its next term.

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