Ricky-Bobby wrote:So I've decided to get a jump on learning legal citation before classes start (this is a joke, I'm not actually doing this). Does everyone still learn Bluebook citation in Legal Writing? Only the journals use the Maroonbook, right?
I have no real need to know this, just general curiosity.
Yes, it's all bluebook in LRW.
I don't recommend spending time learning citation. It will make intuitive sense when you're reading cases and seeing lots of citations. And proper bluebooking is a really minor factor w/r/t LRW grades. Like, I think ours was one point out of forty for the winter memo. I completely botched my short citations for that one and still did very solidly.
If you want something that you can actually improve on before lawl school, learn to write clear, persuasive sentences without needing to go back and revise them into making sense. This also helps on exams. If you can take a MOOC on professional writing or even just read a book on writing persuasively, that's probably the only 0L prep that might actually be helpful. I did one senior year of undergrad that I feel has had a tangible positive effect so far this year.