Mr. Hopwood, who is 34, said he hoped to apply to law school next year. Richard Friedman, a law professor at the University of Michigan who worked with Mr. Hopwood on the briefs for a recent Supreme Court case, said that he had already talked to the admissions office there about saving a spot.
Sounds like he still has to apply, even if it's a formality. I don't think this is foul play. Friedman wants him at Michigan on the basis of his (non-criminal) accomplishments. It's not like he's saving a seat for his nephew. If Hopwood's application is awful, they could still reject him.
PDaddy wrote:In fact, many of the nation's elite schools have a guilty pleasure: admitting former convicts.
Are you surprized?
It's better than admitting people who substitute "z" for "s" in words like surprised.