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Basic Legal Citations

What are Legal Citations?

Legal citations serve two purposes:

1. to provide the reader with a reference to the precise location of a source being cited; and

2. to give the reader a brief description, and sometimes weight of authority, of a source being cited.

 Legal citations can be difficult to master. The two leading manuals for rules of citation are The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. Harvard Law Review Association) and ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation (Association of Legal Writing Directors).