Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

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SkittlesLaw
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Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby SkittlesLaw » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:06 pm

Does anyone have advice or shortcuts for the Bluebook rules so I don't have to look up the rules every time I go to cite a case?

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northwood
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Re: Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby northwood » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:13 pm

perhaps make a brief table of contents with an example of each rule?

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encore1101
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Re: Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby encore1101 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:20 pm

Just do it more. It gets second-nature in no time.

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Re: Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby LawReviewDenier » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:29 pm

Bluebook is ridiculous. It is written by a group of students from Harvard, Columbia, and Penn, and Yale and we have to cling to it like it was divinely inspired. It's a shame we have to waste our time as law students memorizing these arbitrary rules.
Don't get me started with law review citations. It's all we do; check that every Bluebook rule was met.

Down with the Bluebook.

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Re: Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby SlimJim » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:32 pm

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Re: Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby cavalier1138 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:33 pm

LawReviewDenier wrote:Bluebook is ridiculous. It is written by a group of students from Harvard, Columbia, and Penn, and Yale and we have to cling to it like it was divinely inspired. It's a shame we have to waste our time as law students memorizing these arbitrary rules.
Don't get me started with law review citations. It's all we do; check that every Bluebook rule was met.

Down with the Bluebook.


Thank Zeus you're here to articulate a new and exciting viewpoint on citation formats!

All citation rules are arbitrary. They still have to be uniform. If you didn't have to learn Bluebook, you'd have to learn an equally intricate system, and you'd complain just as much.
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Re: Struggling with Bluebook rules. Any tips?

Postby mjb447 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:35 pm

encore1101 wrote:Just do it more. It gets second-nature in no time.

+1, particularly if (as your post suggests) you're struggling with the rules for cases specifically. There really aren't that many rules applicable to cases and they're relatively straightforward by Bluebook standards, although you'll probably still have to look up some abbreviations if you want to be 100% Bluebooked.




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