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Michigan Law School Bans ChatGPT Generated Applications

 |  September 11, 2023

By: Natasha Bakirci (Findlaw Blog)

At a London party in 1883, Oscar Wilde, arguably one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time, begrudgingly remarked on painter James McNeill Whistler’s witticism with “I wish I had said that.” Whistler reportedly quipped “You will Oscar, you will.”

American playwright William Inge famously claimed, “Originality is undetected plagiarism.”

So, what’s with all the quotes you ask? This age-old quest for ingenuity is increasingly coming to the fore with the whirlwind rise of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as the November 2022 launch of ChatGPT, which has already raised a plethora of ethical questions (as well as getting some people in serious trouble).

Generative AI Worrying Educators

Oh, those stressful days of university applications and the daunting task of submitting your personal statement and application essays. They take time and effort, and the rewards of doing a good job are uncertain. Will they even be read? The temptation to use large language models (LLMs) as a workaround is understandable. Enter in a prompt or two and wash your hands of it. Easy as pie, right?