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Legal Research and Writing



Learn about how citators can help you update and verify legal authority, as well as connect you to other relevant case law.


Citation plays a number of important roles in legal research. In order to correctly cite a case, statute, administrative rule, or other authority in a brief, or to find an authority that someone else has cited, law students must first understand how a citation identifies that authority’s location. 

I. The Bluebook

Every jurisdiction designates a style manual describing its citation rules. A Uniform System of Citation, also known as the Bluebook, contains the citation rules used by law...