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New York court upholds ruling that woman cheated on bar exam

Her appeal marks the first time an accused cheater sued the Board of Law Examiners

On Dec. 29, 2011, a woman who was found guilty of cheating on the New York bar exam lost her appeal to overturn that finding, Thomson Reuters reports. This case marks the first time the Board of Law Examiners has been sued by a candidate accused of cheating. Perhaps if she had studied harder, she would have learned this was a case she couldn’t win.

The woman sat for the exam in July 2009 and, according to the proctor, repeatedly craned her neck to look at another candidate’s paper during the multiple choice section on both the first and second day of the exam. Justice Robert Rose wrote in the Dec. 29 ruling that the board provided “expert proof of strong statistical evidence” that she had cheated.

Although one would think that aspiring lawyers would know better than to cheat on the bar, allegations of misconduct are not uncommon. The board typically receives up to 150 allegations every year, though it only brings charges against two dozen or so. And fewer than half of those charged are found guilty. These cases rarely become public, though, unless they end up in court.


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