Probe launched after someone claiming to be a law student tells internet they cheated on exam

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By Thomas Connelly on


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A probe has been launched after someone claiming to be a law student took to a popular internet forum and said they cheated on an exam.

Reddit user burnerman1818 wrote, “I cheated on the bar exam, will they find out?”, to the subreddit r/barexam — a popular online community for aspiring lawyers in the US.

The poster claims they went to UIC John Marshall for law school and that they “cheated” on the Illinois bar exam.

The user, who now appears to have deleted their account along with the original post, goes on to state:

“I had a psychologist test me and he diagnosed me with ADHD which I used to get extended time on the exam,” the poster claimed as per a report in (£). The poster says that they also allegedly had notes, including photographs of flashcards, on their phone and would view these during bathroom breaks.

burnerman1818 continued: “I did pass the exam (after failing the last two times). Everyone is telling me to be proud of myself for finally doing it but deep down I feel guilty. How likely will they find out?”

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The exam powers that be have naturally taken a dim view to the apparent internet confession.

Director of administration for Illinois Board of Admissions to the bar, Nancy Vincent, said she was aware of the post and that “appropriate steps are being taken”.

She continued:

“The Board takes very seriously its responsibility to the Illinois Supreme Court, to the legal community, to its applicants, and to the public. While it is not ‘mandatory’ to investigate every allegation, when matters that may affect the integrity of the exam or the character of an applicant are brought to our attention, the Board will take all appropriate steps.”

But as US blog Above the Law notes, “there may be more going on here”, with someone potentially impersonating the law student in question in order to get them in trouble. “So, is this incredibly stupid or a bumbling revenge attempt? Such a difficult question!” asks the blog.

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