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The Law School Policy on Plagiarism

Section I.B.3. of the Law School’s Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility, found above, states that conduct which violates the Code includes “(t)he submission of plagiarized work in an academic pursuit including any use of another’s work without attribution, whether such use be verbatim or merely conceptual or structural.” 

One is guilty of plagiarism if one intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly uses another’s words or ideas without attribution in written work submitted in satisfaction, or partial satisfaction, of academic or co‑curricular requirements, or in any other writings done under the auspices of the Law School.  The rule against plagiarism is intended to prevent theft of another’s ideas or language by representation that they are one’s own. 

Unless explicitly exempted from the attribution requirement, every writing assignment in the Law School requires attribution of ideas or language which are not the original contribution of the student submitting the written work.  Since a student may at times be unsure whether the extent to which his or her reliance on another’s work without use of the same terminology requires attribution, a student is required to list all sources, consulted during the research or writing process, whose ideas may be reflected in the concepts or structure of the student’s written work. 

Attribution of use of another’s ideas or language is not required when: 

a)    there is an explicit exemption of the attribution requirement by the person assigning the written work, or 

b)    the student is writing an examination.  This examination exception does not apply to papers or take‑away examinations unless there is an explicit elimination of the attribution requirement under (a) above.