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Bluebook Guide for Law Students

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.