Monday, January 28, 2008

Law School Plagiarism And Bar Admission

The Georgia Supreme Court denied bar  certification to an applicant who "had submitted a paper at the end of his second year of law school that was a virtually verbatim reproduction of sections of five previously published sources, none of which was cited in the paper." The Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants "by clear implication did not believe his account" of the circumstances of the plagiarism. The applicant "has never accepted full responsibility for what he did, and he has not yet been rehabilitated."

Lesson? If there is something like this in an applicants past, bar admission will be denied absent an acknowledgment of the misconduct and evidence that he or she has undergone a sufficient moral rehabilitation such that the admitting court will have a reasonable degree of confidence that such behavior will not recur. (Mike Frisch)

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Compare Re Legal Practice Act 2004; re OG, a lawyer [2007] VSC 520, linked to and discussed at this post -- -- of the Australian Professional Liability Blog, a 2007 decision of Australia's Victorian Court of Appeal.

Stephen Warne,
Melbourne, Australia

Posted by: The Australia Professional Liability Blog | Jan 28, 2008 8:48:52 PM

Choosing An Online Plagiarism Detector To Check For Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a growing problem in academia and the work place. The internet has made it easy for nearly anyone to copy written material and pass it off as their own work. Because of the legal and ethical dilemmas associated with plagiarism, plagiarism checking software is now readily available. With so many online plagiarism detectors, choosing one may seem like an overwhelming task, but it can be easy if you know what you're looking for.

Extensive Plagiarism Checking Software

An online service that can check for plagiarism is a good place to start. A good plagiarism service won't just run through a few well-known plagiarism sites looking for copied work. Instead, the better plagiarism checking software programs will also compare work published through magazines, academic journals, books and billions of academic papers. The most advanced programs will also check message boards, blogs and other forms of casual internet communication.

Because not all plagiarism is copied word for word, a service that compares sentence structure and searches for papers with different synonyms is important. This means that someone submitting a paper as their own won't be able to simply use a thesaurus to change a few key words.

Posted by: plagiarism checking | May 12, 2009 4:01:19 AM

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