From the Credentials Committee

PLTC students’ collaboration

The Credentials Committee recently considered the conduct of a pair of articled students attending the Professional Legal Training Course who acknowledged that they had engaged in prohibited collaboration on two of the written PLTC assessments.

The students acknowledged the collaboration and advised that they had ­discussions about the assessments and ought to have recognized that those discussions were improper. The students ­advised that their discussions were not undertaken consciously or with the intention of breaching the PLTC Professional Integrity Policy.

In a separate incident, the committee considered the conduct of an articled student who had used work that belonged to a former PLTC student. The student immediately acknowledged using a former student’s assessments as a precedent and knowing that this was in breach of the PLTC Professional Integrity Policy.

The Credentials Committee reviewed the performance of the students on the other PLTC assessments and examinations as well as their explanation of how they came to be involved in the prohibited conduct. The committee also considered how important it is to the PLTC program that students not engage in plagiarism or collaboration on assessments or examinations.

In the circumstances, the committee decided that each student’s enrolment in the Law Society Admission Program be ­extended by three months. Further, each student would be required to re-do the two written assessments and each must write an anonymous memorandum to be shared with future PLTC students.

In the memorandum, each student will detail his or her own experience, from detection of the collaboration to the conclusion of this matter by resolution of the Credentials Committee, and how he or she was affected by the process. In addition, the committee decided that the students would be the subject of this anonymous publication in the Benchers’ Bulletin detailing their actions and the committee’s decision.