Harvard Reverses Course, Gives Access to Military Recruiters After Pentagon Threatens to Invoke Solomon Amendment

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Last week, we blogged the U.S. Defense Department's decision barring New York, Vermont, and William Mitchell law schools from receiving federal grants for violating the Solomon Amendment by denying access to military recruiters. An Inside Higher Ed story questioned the Defense Department's decision to go after 'the little guys' while 'Harvard’s law school, which last fall declared its intention to bar military recruiters, seems to have been left alone so far.' Todd Zywicki at The Volokh Conspiracy noted that since these three are stand alone law schools unattached to larger universities, the Government's action was narrowly focused on law schools and did not raise the issue of withholding funding for an entire university as a result of the law school's decisions. The Harvard Crimson reported yesterday that Harvard has changed course and will permit the military to recruit at the law school after the Pentagon threatened to withhold federal grants to Harvard...

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