Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

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jimmythecatdied6
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Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

Postby jimmythecatdied6 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:02 pm

Anyone have any good resources for BB'ing practice?

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Re: Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

Postby 03121202698008 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:08 pm

Just learn the rules. Find some random things and cite them, including: international laws, treaties, antiquated rulings not in the federal reporters, etc.

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Re: Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

Postby pillowpet » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:35 pm

yeah, grade your laziest friend's legal, research and writing assignment. you'll become a pro in no time.

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Re: Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

Postby 03121202698008 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:35 pm

pillowpet wrote:yeah, grade your laziest friend's legal, research and writing assignment. you'll become a pro in no time.


Eh, probably not. They are usually ridiculous sources you're unlikely to ever see. Especially ones where the rules aren't explicit and you must analogize between rules.

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Re: Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

Postby DrGuano » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:43 pm

Don't practice for journal tryouts unless you have some sort of timed problem where time is a factor (like a couple of hours - as opposed to mine which, including the paper, we had four days to do). Just go through the BB and flag certain obscure rules/exceptions, create tabs for things and get familiar with the general rules (esp. order of authorities) so that you're better able to spot the problems.

But don't over think this - if you have too much going on, you could end up hurting yourself. The biggest key to doing well is being focused. You'll be able to find the proper rule 95% of the time no problem using the Index in the back. The most important part is having a clear mind so you don't miss the small mistakes like order of authorities, abbreviations, capitalizations, commas, periods, etc.

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Re: Bluebooking Practice for Journal Tryouts

Postby TTH » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:26 am

Want to Bluebook the citations in my Note? Maybe grab a Texas Manual for the text? I'm offering you invaluable editing experience here.




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