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The ALWD Guide to Legal Citation


"Once you learn to use the Guide and you know how to go to the index to find a specific thing, that skillset doesn’t change. It's a transferable skill whether you are using the Guide or another citation manual”

— Shakira Pleasant, John Marshall Law School


“I love using the ALWD Guide. I find that it makes teaching citation format really simple which opens up all kinds of time for me in class to be able to talk about analysis and writing structure, and professional editing, which are the things that students really need to be focusing their time on.”

— Suzanne Rowe, University of Oregon


"We are trying to teach our students to learn how to construct citation and the ALWD Guide does a better job of giving them the basic foundations for how to construct a citation no matter where they are going to practice."

— Mary-Beth Moylan, University of the Pacific

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The ALWD Guide to Legal Citation

ALWD Guide to Legal Citation, Sixth Edition is a practical reference to the citation styles legal writers need to know, with clear explanations and comprehensive examples. In a single set of rules that novice and experienced legal writers alike can easily consult, Professor Barger covers all the citation formats used in practice-based documents as well as academic footnotes.

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Features of the Seventh Edition:

  • Expanded and updated coverage of how to cite to the multitude of e-sources that practitioners and students use when conducting legal research in the real world today, including new and revised component diagrams and examples
  • New appendix helps law review staff writers cross-reference the Guide’s citation rules with traditional legal citation standards
  • Updated and revised Guide rules that are consistent with traditional legal citation standards
  • Appendix 5 free online access to expanded list of periodical titles that can be updated frequently
  • Appendix 2 free online access to coverage of local legal citation rules that can be updated frequently

Hallmark features of the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation:

  • An integrated set of rules are provided for both everyday legal writing and the formatting needs of academic writing.
  • Students who are ready to move to the requirements of citation in academic writing can return to the rules they’re already familiar with and find the clearly marked subsections of the same rules for the formatting adjustments their citations will need
  • No need to flip back and forth between abbreviated rules for practitioners and detailed rules for law review writing
  • No need to “reverse engineer” a rule aimed at academic writing into the equivalent used in practice.
  • Adheres to conventional citation expectations of law-trained readers, including judges, attorneys, and law professors.
  • No differences between components, abbreviations, and typeface of ALWD and the 20th edition of Bluebook.
  • No differences between ALWD and the 20th edition of Bluebook for required modifications to citations in academic footnotes.
  • Focus on content that is relevant to 1L students and to the kind of work they’ll be doing in their first clerking jobs.
  • Clear, modern design promotes usability, with plenty of room in the margins for making notations.
  • Fast Formats that preview and refresh understanding of essential components for full and short citations of primary and secondary sources.
  • Snapshots of frequently cited sources that teach students where to find essential components for building citations.
  • Charts containing relevant abbreviations and other essentials placed within the rules they relate to.
  • Sidebars that help students understand the “why” of legal citations and steer them away from common errors or misconceptions.
  • Templates at the beginning of each source’s rule that diagram essential components
  • Self-stick tabs that are included for flagging frequently referenced pages
  • Component-by-component explanations and illustrations, including the use of red triangles to illustrate required spacing of components within the citation
  • Abundant cross-references within each rule to related content and to appendices
  • Seven detailed appendices that: (1) collect all recognized abbreviations to primary authorities, by category; (2) identify and demonstrate the abbreviations used by each federal and state jurisdiction’s courts, legislatures, and agencies; (3) reference each jurisdiction’s local rules, including state-specific citation conventions; (4) fully cover periodicals, including all abbreviations, required spacing [no need to construct periodical abbreviations from different lists, which Bluebook did in it’s 20th edition]; (5) flag nonconsecutively paginated periodicals with red stars

To request a complimentary professor review copy or to view the various additional resources that accompany the Seventh Edition, please visit the product page.

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