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Nearly Half of Law Students Cheat

By May 28, 2009

According to a 2006 study by Rutgers University professor Donald McCabe, 45% of law students admitted to cheating within the previous year. This in addition to news of the Syracuse cheating scandal, which prompted school officials to limit bathroom breaks during exams, leads us to wonder what law schools are to do.

An article at Law.com reports:

The ABA, which accredits law schools, does not specifically address academic integrity or student ethics in its standards for accreditation. All but two of the law schools accredited by the ABA have devised their own academic conduct and integrity rules, according to a 2006 report by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. The others rely on the policies of the universities to which they belong....In general, law schools rely on the intense competition among students to motivate them to report other cheaters and uphold their honor codes. But strong bonds among class members and a resistance to tattle can undercut that motivation.

What do you think? Do law schools need to start taking cheating more seriously?


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