Law student complains that essay bought online was not up to scratch

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By Alex Aldridge on

And the internet goes wild


An unnamed UK law student provoked outrage over the weekend after complaining to a national newspaper about the poor quality of an essay that they had purchased online.

Identifying themselves only as ‘MM, London’, the student wrote in to the Guardian‘s ‘Consumer champions’ section in a plea for help over an “appalling essay” which apparently cost £200.

Commenters on the Guardian website and on social media predictably were not impressed by the gripe. Indeed, some viewed it as so extraordinary that they speculated that it had been deliberately created to “troll” the paper. We have a photo of the complaint in full below so you can judge for yourself.


Essay writing services and paid-for training contract application model answers are widely used by law students, with the challenging nature of the subject and competition for the best graduate jobs fuelling demand.

Often, it is law graduates themselves behind the online companies dealing in this controversial trade. Famously, one former Bar Professional Training Course graduate made it onto the Sunday Times rich list after racking up a fortune flogging essays online. And more recently Legal Cheek has uncovered two young lawyers claiming to be at DLA Piper and Weil Gotshal & Manges selling training contract application advice online for £40-£45 an hour.