Legal education is generally a passageway to careers of service in law, either in private practice or in a public capacity. The standards of responsibility for that service are high and exacting. In part, the appreciation of these responsibilities is gained by habit and example; the Law School helps to form these professional attitudes as an integral part of the education it provides.
The responsibilities of law students are, of course, different from those of lawyers. Yet in a real sense professional responsibility begins upon entering law school. Students are regarded—and should regard themselves—as committed to integrity and effectiveness in the legal profession. That commitment requires consideration, honesty and fair dealing in academic enterprises, in the Law School community, and in personal and professional relations outside the Law School. Columbia Law School demands this rigorously of faculty and students alike.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. LL.M. and J.S.D. students who commit plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty are subject to expulsion from the programs. The issue of academic integrity is addressed at various points during the admission process, at Orientation, and throughout the academic year, and students are therefore expected to become thoroughly familiar with Columbia's requirements in this area. (See Faculty Resolution on Principles of Academic Honesty, Procedures for Student Discipline, and Certifications on Academic Integrity for more information.)