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May 9, 2007


During my time as both a student and professor at law school, I cannot recall a single incident in which a student was accused of cheating on a test or assignment. 

At least one of the following must be true:  (1) My experience is atypical; (2) Law students don't cheat very often; or (3) Law students cheat, but don't get caught.

I suspect that each of these is true to some degree.  However, it is notable that one does not often hear of cheating scandals in law school of the type that break out periodically in undergraduate education.  Optimistically, I hope that part of the cause is that the law draws in those of particularly good character, but I suspect this may be naive.

-- Mark Osler

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Just out of curiosity, how does that influence your view of exam software? The widespread use of exam software seems to imply that many schools feel students will, when given the chance, cheat on exams. On the other hand, schools like Chicago and Boalt don't use such software, and thus far I haven't heard of a rash of cheating at those schools.

Posted by: Erik | May 10, 2007 12:16:38 PM

Another factor to consider is the difficulty in cheating on a law school essay exam. On a math, science or engineering exam a quick glance could garner the correct answer. With a law school exam a thorough reading is required.

Posted by: Scott Brenner | May 23, 2007 12:07:59 PM

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