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How do I Avoid Committing Plagiarism in My Legal Writing: Why

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This guide was created by Shereen Keng.

Edited by Charlotte Gill.

Special thanks to Yuyun Wirawati for her significant contributions to this guide.

Check out the Learning Guide on Avoiding Plagiarism by the Centre of Teaching Excellence & the Library.

Why is it important?

Don't be that student!




Plagiarism is a serious offence. A student who is caught plagiarising will be issued a letter of warning by the University Council of Student Conduct (UCSC).

Upon that, the student will either be:

  • Awarded a zero-grade for the assignment involved;
  • Awarded a fail-grade for the module;
  • Suspended from school;
  • Expelled; or
  • Subjected to any combination of the above.

Office of Dean of Students 

Lawyers/ law students who got in trouble for plagiarising

Lawyer ticked off for 'cut and paste' job
The Straits Times (21 Jan 2011)

University law course cheats expelled after being caught for plagiarism
South China Morning Post (31 August 2004)

Law bans cheating students
The Courier-Mail (16 March 2004)

Former law student apologizes for plagiarism
Associated Press Newswires (25 June 2002)

Plagiarism lines blur for students in digital age
The New York Times (1 Aug 2010)

Now, a software to catch copycats in law research
The Economic Times (10 June 2010)

Plagiarising magistrate can practise
The Australian (7 November 2007)

Law school on plagiarism alert
The Australian (16 May 2001)



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