Studying the Blue Book

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Studying the Blue Book

Postby grobbelski » Sun May 09, 2010 2:43 pm

Please discuss strategies for studying and learning the rules of the Blue Book here. My class's law review write on competition entails a blue book exam. Students must find all the errors located in an essay and correct them. Obviously knowing BB to the letter will be helpful for an exam like this.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby Renzo » Sun May 09, 2010 2:47 pm

ICWs, if your school didn't already make you do them.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby ggocat » Sun May 09, 2010 3:01 pm

Go through some articles from your school's law review and stop at each citation to figure out why they did what they did.

You won't be able to learn the BB in a short amount of time, but you can train yourself to spot issues. For example, when there are two or more citations in a string cite, you should immediately think order of authorities (Rule 1.4). Whenever you see a case name in a citation, you should think about abbreviations (Table 6). etc.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby steve_nash » Sun May 09, 2010 10:24 pm

I would be very careful about consulting outside sources -- it may be against your write-on competition's rules. (I know it is for ours.) I think the best way to learn the BB is to practice, although looking at other law review articles may help.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby Renzo » Sun May 09, 2010 10:31 pm

steve_nash wrote:I would be very careful about consulting outside sources -- it may be against your write-on competition's rules. (I know it is for ours.) I think the best way to learn the BB is to practice, although looking at other law review articles may help.

Uh, how would you bluebook without consulting an outside source, to wit, the Bluebook?

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby steve_nash » Sun May 09, 2010 10:53 pm

Renzo wrote:
steve_nash wrote:I would be very careful about consulting outside sources -- it may be against your write-on competition's rules. (I know it is for ours.) I think the best way to learn the BB is to practice, although looking at other law review articles may help.

Uh, how would you bluebook without consulting an outside source, to wit, the Bluebook?


I was referring to looking up law review articles, websites, etc. on the Bluebook -- not the manual itself.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby underdawg » Mon May 10, 2010 2:00 am

steve_nash wrote:I would be very careful about consulting outside sources -- it may be against your write-on competition's rules. (I know it is for ours.) I think the best way to learn the BB is to practice, although looking at other law review articles may help.

i dont think they meant during the comp

also talk about rules with a friend in an elevator during finals just to psych people out. at least that's what at least 2 people at my school did. DURING finals, wtf

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby Renzo » Mon May 10, 2010 8:32 am

underdawg wrote:
steve_nash wrote:I would be very careful about consulting outside sources -- it may be against your write-on competition's rules. (I know it is for ours.) I think the best way to learn the BB is to practice, although looking at other law review articles may help.

i dont think they meant during the comp

also talk about rules with a friend in an elevator during finals just to psych people out. at least that's what at least 2 people at my school did. DURING finals, wtf

That's epic. <<calls friend & gets in elevator>>

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby Chakazulu » Mon May 10, 2010 1:23 pm

Renzo wrote:
underdawg wrote:
steve_nash wrote:I would be very careful about consulting outside sources -- it may be against your write-on competition's rules. (I know it is for ours.) I think the best way to learn the BB is to practice, although looking at other law review articles may help.

i dont think they meant during the comp

also talk about rules with a friend in an elevator during finals just to psych people out. at least that's what at least 2 people at my school did. DURING finals, wtf

That's epic. <<calls friend & gets in elevator>>


No need to call. Fake the phone call.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby orangeswarm » Tue May 11, 2010 6:34 pm

Study the Blue Book? Waste of time. Just familiarize yourself with the samples in the cover and use the index to look up anything that doesn't fit within the normal template (I'm telling you, the Blue Book has an amazing index).

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby napolnic » Tue May 11, 2010 8:25 pm

At least once read through the first ten rules. It will give you an idea about what to look for. Anything beyond that (and maybe even rule 10) is specific stuff that you will end up looking up anyway. Reading the first set of rules will give you an idea of what exactly should be where and when you should be wary of tiny formatting things that won't necessarily pop out at you when you just look at specifics.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby IzziesGal » Tue May 11, 2010 8:46 pm

I don't see any need to memorize anything, either. Tab the important sections for quick and easy reference and then use the index for everything else.

Disclaimer: I had an insane amount of tabs in mine, but thanks to the ICW exercises, I started to know whether a relevant rule was in the front or back of the book, which made it easier to find the important section in the sea of tabs.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby rowlf » Wed May 12, 2010 9:15 pm

IzziesGal wrote:I don't see any need to memorize anything, either. Tab the important sections for quick and easy reference and then use the index for everything else.

Disclaimer: I had an insane amount of tabs in mine, but thanks to the ICW exercises, I started to know whether a relevant rule was in the front or back of the book, which made it easier to find the important section in the sea of tabs.


What's ICW? I'm a 0L.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby Renzo » Wed May 12, 2010 9:28 pm

Interactive Citation Workshop. Online exercises for Bluebooking.

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Re: Studying the Blue Book

Postby Duralex » Wed May 12, 2010 11:41 pm

You might take a gander at Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook by L. Barris (2007) if your library has it. I found it useful for citation correction assignments in my certification course, and composing sample memos, briefs, etc. I wouldn't buy it sight unseen as it may be too verbose for competition preparation or otherwise not to your liking. It's also just short of 100 pages, so you could probably just xerox it.




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