How did you learn Bluebooking?

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How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby Sls17 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:57 pm

I cannot figure out Bluebooking for the life of me. I can never find the right rules and I always mess something up! Short of memorizing the entire 500+ page book, I'm not sure what strategies to utilize to figure this out.

Are there any tricks/tips/helpful online guides/resources/anything? I need some sort of crash course or easy cheat sheet!

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Re: How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby Johann » Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:58 pm

use the index.

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Re: How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby BVest » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:25 am

Sls17 wrote:helpful online guides?
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Re: How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby banjo » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:38 am

As a 1L, just focus on citing cases and statutes. You don't need to bother with unpublished manuscripts and all that nonsense until you're on a journal (don't do one).

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Re: How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby sd5289 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:16 pm

By doing it.

I also echo the advice of concentrating on statutes (Rule 12) and cases (Rule 10). Also get familiar with introductory signals (Rule 1), and the tables in the back on U.S. Jurisdictions (Table 1), case name abbreviations (Table 6), and court name abbreviations (Table 7).


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Re: How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby girlrunning » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:15 pm

1. Do the ICW exercises on the Lexis Website.
2. Tab your bluebook (I basically "read" the whole thing to tab it correctly).

Now that I'm on law review, I use the online Bluebook a lot (since I'm mostly searching for really obscure stuff), but found it easier to use and learn the tabbed Bluebook during 1L.

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Re: How did you learn Bluebooking?

Postby jbagelboy » Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:58 pm

i never opened my bluebook once as a 1L. the journal write-on assignment had specific instructions so it didn't require the "bluebook" per se

the first time I used it was at my 1l summer job since the associates wanted shit blue booked, but that was basically just cases

journal itself forced me to use my bluebook to look up obscure citation directions. but yea I just use the index. you never "learn" it.

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