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Cite and Footnote Wisely

Cite and Footnote Wisely

Footnote uncertainty and the reasons for it, why briefs and client communications need different approaches, and what this means for your internal documents.


Throughout this tutorial, we’ve studied several historical influences on modern legal writing, and how the practices of the past continue to create problems in the present for today’s lawyers and their clients. But there’s one more stop to make on our brief tour through the history of legal writing. As you’ll have seen from this lesson’s title, we’ll be talking about citations and footnotes.

Whether to place citations in footnotes or in the main body has been the subject of some controversy...