Lawyers are held to a very high standard of ethical and moral behaviour. This principle is captured in the Code of Conduct which governs all members of the Law Societies, and articling students.
The CPLED Program is an ethics in action program. It requires the highest commitment on behalf of the students to act and behave in a manner which is consistent with the Code of Conduct.
Prior to participating in the CPLED Program, each student is required to complete a Program Agreement. Within the Program Agreement, the student must commit to being bound by the CPLED Professional Integrity Policy. The Integrity Policy speaks to plagiarism, collaboration, and other forms of cheating.
Plagiarism and Collaboration
Although the Program attempts to mimic real life situations, collaboration, brainstorming, or discussion with principals and colleagues which is common in the law firm setting, is not permitted in the Program on assignments and competency evaluations. Students may discuss the Learning Exercises, background readings, general law, and share precedents.
The CPLED Program is a licensing program governed by the Law Societies. The Law Society must be satisfied that each individual student has met the competencies set by them prior to admission to the bar. Given this, students must submit their own original work. Collaboration, plagiarism or any form of cheating will not be tolerated.