Attorneys At Work: A Flexible Notion Of Plagiarism

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT) -- Lawyers are first taught legal writing in law school — in the context of academia, which takes a very strict view of copying and plagiarism. As lawyers, however, the purpose of our legal writing is not to demonstrate our individual skills; it is to communicate on behalf of our clients and advance their goals. The authors clarify the basic principles of copyright infringement and plagiarism as they apply to the work of lawyers.

Lawyers do a lot of copying. Why charge a client to create a document from scratch when you can draw concepts, structure and wording from a form agreement...

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