4 T.M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clinical L. 381 (2000-2001)
Plagiarism: What is It - How to Avoid It - And Why

handle is hein.journals/tmcjpcl4 and id is 395 raw text is: PLAGIARISM: WHAT IS IT? HOW TO AVOID IT?
Joe Mirarchi
Have you ever invested your time, energy, and thought into a
written project or assignment? As law students, we can all answer
this question in the affirmative. The incredible thought process that
law students develop while in school requires that we work on such
projects and assignments everyday.
Most students prepare their own class briefs, outlines, and course
related papers. In doing so, all these students are faced with deadlines
and the struggles of perfecting their results. However law students,
as all other people, seem to handle deadlines and struggles differently.
In facing those deadlines and struggles, some will give an extra
effort to be precise. After painstaking hours, numerous drafts, and a
ton of truly uninvited comments, those people get the assignment
completed. They tend to feel really great about what they did and
hope to be rewarded for their efforts.
However, other people may not cope with the demands as well.
These people may, either intentionally or unintentionally, choose to
take short cuts to simply finish the assignment on time. When
submitting it, they probably tend to feel good too. But, the true
results of their efforts may be that they overly depended on their
sources to complete the assignment. They may have missed or chose
not to refer to a particular source, or they may have even attempted to
do so, but wound up referring to it improperly.
Now imagine that the people who overly depended on the sources
received the same or better grade as the person who gave the extra
1 J.D. candidate, The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2001. The author serves as
a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Cooley Law Journal. In completing this commentary,
the author thanks the Law Journal's other Co-Editor-in Chief, Julie O'Neill, and
the Law Journal's Research Editor, Tim Shonk, for their advice and input into the
article. The author also thanks the Law Journal's Senior Notes, Comments, and
Essays Editor (Elect), James Catipay, for his commitment in continuing to
communicate these concerns.

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