The Chronicle of Higher Education blog reports that “Half the students at the University of Cambridge have plagiarized, according to results of a survey by Varsity, a student newspaper at the university…. Law students, the newspaper said, broke the rules most often, with 62 percent admitting that they had plagiarized.”
In response to the story, Legal Blog Watch asks
So what’s up with law students? Is it the training to rely on precedent — which encourages us to cut and paste quotes and holding from other cases — that makes law students more prone to plagiarism? Are law students under more stress, and therefore, more tempted to cut corners or cheat? Or does our profession just encourage dishonest actors?
As one commenter points out, the study was taken by UK students and in the UK the study of law is usually undertaken at a much younger age. So it’s unclear how accurate an indicator might it be of law students in the US.