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Bluebook Guide for Law Students

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About this Guide

This guide provides commentary, models and tips on the Bluebook (21st Edition) for law students. The author experienced frustration with the Bluebook both as a first-year student and on a law journal board. The author hopes this guide will offer some helpful advice.

Things to Remember

The Bluepages section located at the start of the Bluebook is a mini-guide to Court Documents and/or Legal Memoranda. Bluepage rules are sometimes different but are always based upon the normal non-bluepage rules.

Always check for local court citation rules for court documents. See Bluebook Table 1 for each state's court rules.