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Updated: May 17, 2023


Plagiarism? Malpractice on the Exam? You need to take care, the rules that prohibit you from violating the restrictions that your institution has in place, otherwise there can be very serious consequences.

You should be aware that to become a professional lawyer, and you will be required to demonstrate to the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Council that you are the kind of person who is suitable and appropriate to hold the position of a lawyer.

Suppose you do not intend to cheat on an examination or plagiarise someone else's work. In that case, it will have to be reported to the appropriate professional regulator, which might halt your career before it has even begun. This is not exactly the result that anybody would have hoped for!


  1. Do not copy verbatim anything written by another person without first encasing it in inverted commas and attributing it to the author in the referencing section of your work. This is our handy guide.

  2. If you want to avoid using inverted commas and quoting them, you need to paraphrase so that you are using different words to convey the same meaning as the original. This is necessary if you need to refer to something that a third party has written and you want to avoid quoting it. You must include a source citation to explain where the concept originated from. Compared to paraphrasing, using a straight quote might be a simpler option.

  3. Whenever you refer to a piece of published literature, you need to include specifics about when and where it was published and the author of the piece. There is a good chance that you will be referring to your work using either the OSCOLA or the Harvard system. Before you begin reading, familiarise yourself with the facts they seek. If you have trouble understanding what is expected of you, contact the librarian for assistance. Then, as you are reading, make notes on the specific details you will need for the bibliography. This will save you a significant amount of time in the long run!

  4. Be careful when you utilise the services of an essay writing company. This is the very definition of dishonesty. You may use their services in the right way. Even though your work will be graded "blind," there will eventually come a time when your name will be written next to your grade. If you suddenly perform at a far higher level than what was expected of you up to this point, this may prompt an investigation. Was the tone of the most recent high-quality work you produced distinct from anything else you have written in the past? Tutors may look at the student's vocabulary and the structure of their sentences, and if they see a mismatch, their inquiries will become more in-depth.

What are the repercussions?

In addition to the possibility of being disbarred by the SRA or the Bar Council, your institution can apply a variety of punishments. Suppose they believe that you are attempting to pass off the work of others as your own.

In that case, you will most likely be disqualified from at least the examination to which this is related and potentially from the whole set of exams administered at the time. You could be allowed to retake the test later, but you should be prepared for the possibility that your total score will be limited to 40 points.

There is a greater margin for error in terms of examination misconduct. This is the case if your school believes that you intentionally tried to pass off another individual's work as your own when in reality, you just made a mistake in the citations you used.

You might have points removed from your score, or you could be required to retake the test with or without a score limit on the second attempt. In any case, you don't want something like this to occur!


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