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Bluebooking

Does Bluebooking matter? Some insight on how to cite

June 13, 2018

Providing authoritative support for assertions is a key component of legal writing. We learn to read and apply caselaw throughout our doctrinal classes. And 1L legal writing is dedicated to learning how to Bluebook. So does Bluebooking matter outside of law school? Absolutely.

Legal Citations

Everything a 2L really needs to know about citation

November 21, 2017

Every first year law student is taught citations, most using the infamous 565-page Bluebook.  I doubt anyone covers the whole book.  But my impression is that most professors teach far more than most students will ever use.  And then, after the course is over, most students gradually forget what they

Cleaned Up

Use (cleaned up) to make your legal writing easier to read

October 03, 2017

Here's a solution to a legal citation problem that comes up all the time. Please bear with me for the intro. It will be worth it. While reading a court decision earlier this year, I came across a passage in which the court quoted authority from an earlier decision which, in

Citations

A link to the future of legal citations?

May 22, 2017

“Have you watched that video I tagged you in?!” Within a few short years, clever memes and fail videos have taken over social media. If we happen to come across something worth sharing with our friends, social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allow users to tag their friends

The Legal Research Survival Manual

Outwit, Outwork, Outlast: Legal research survival tips

April 03, 2017

Legal research gets a lousy deal in legal education.  When you arrive as a first year student you are enrolled into mandatory classes that take a deep dive into the Common Law.  You will wrestle with the Rule Against Perpetuities and try to wrap your head around the Statute of

The Case for Streamlining Citations

November 01, 2014

A pressing issue in legal writing: We must—absolutely must—develop a short-form method for citing cases, even in a first reference to a case. Given where things stood 20 years ago—when virtually all legal writers stuffed their cumbersome citations mid-text and often mid-sentence—I’m delighted by how many courts have taken to