The Education Minister wants to clamp down on 'essay mills' that are selling work to third level students.
It will be made an offence under new draft laws aimed at cutting down on cheating.
They're modeled on legislation from New Zealand, and designed to stop people buying customised essays or dissertations.
Education Minister Richard Bruton says they're working to stop it.
"One of the issues has to be the robustness of the systems to protect standards.
"So this is going to get tough on academic cheating.
"Software can detect plagiarism if people are copying big blocks, but if there is an essay mill which writes customised essays it's much harder to track.
"So this is about outlawing that and clamping down on those who offer such a service."