Article written by Ola Alice, Babcock University, Third year LLB.
Plagiarism is defined as “the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit”. It means the use of someone’s work, idea, sentence, information and writeup in a manner which presumes that it is yours. It is a form of representation that causes a reader or teacher to believe that the work is the original work of the person. For law students, the emphasis is usually greater as the moral compass of lawyers says a lot about the character of such person. Plagiarism is theft of ideas and law students are advised to avoid it at all costs as it is a very serious form of academic misconduct that would most likely cost them more than their grades.
It is very easy for students to see plagiarism as insignificant and a quick way to get good grades but that inhibits their expressive and imaginative abilities. If a student is detected plagiarising, it might seriously affect their future academic and professional success. In addition to having negative disciplinary repercussions, plagiarism limits how much you, as a student, may learn throughout your years of academic study. By plagiarising, you are ultimately depriving yourself of the opportunity to learn about and advance your knowledge of a certain topic. Plagiarism is something that should be avoided at all costs because this learning and development skill set might be useful to you in the future.
Having said this, it is important to note that sometimes there are some words that are in the common stock of knowledge and sometimes using them might not necessitate referencing. Aside from this, any sentence, idea, word or information that you got from another person’s work should be referenced. Therefore, the cure for plagiarism is referencing. There is usually no limit to the amount of times you can reference in your essay, article, journal and so referencing helps you avoid plagiarising.
For law students, the most commonly used style is the OSCOLA. OSCOLA doesn’t employ in-text citations or endnotes. All citations, however, are presented as footnotes. In addition to bibliographies, longer works like books and theses also contain citations in tables of cases and laws.
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