Anonymous User wrote: run26.2 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Is bluebook mastering a necessity?
Are you doing litigation? If so, your career is likely to involve a substantial amount of writing. At some point or another you are going to have to learn the bluebook. Might as well be now, given that too many mistakes in your work product during your summer could have an impact on the possibility of you getting a job.
how do you recommend working on bluebooking? (I am not in a journal).
Anonymous User wrote:Yeaaahhhhh, so I barely passed LRW because I basically gunned all the other classes and didn't pay too much attention to LRW. But I spent 1L summer writing decent amicus briefs for pro bono. How can I brush up/learn some writing/research skills. To be honest, it's the research part that haunts me most. Once I have what I need, the writing is usually fine.
Here are some ways you can work on your researching and bluebooking skills that come to mind. Get on a moot court team, take trial/appellate advocacy, take a clinic (if your school offers them), or take a seminar that requires you to produce a substantial work product.
Calling the WestLaw representatives a few times for help on some of your research tasks will help improve your research. Ask them to send you the search strings. Learn how to write these yourself -- it is not that difficult. You will become much more efficient in your research. Basically, practice is what is going to improve your research and writing.
Also, tab your bluebook. You'll start to get a feel for where information is located.