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ERIC Number: EJ905000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Legal Citation at a Crossroads
Bast, Carol; Harrell, Susan W.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v21 n2 p281-298 Dec 2004
Legal citation, seemingly unchanged for years, has approached a crossroads. The year 2003 marked the publication of the second edition of the "ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation." This new citation manual may soon be preferred over "The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation" as the primary reference in legal writing classes at law schools. Another recent change is the move of several jurisdictions to vendor- and medium-neutral citation, facilitating citation to sources published in electronic form. In 1999 the American Association of Law Libraries published its "Universal Citation Guide" to encourage this trend. Because of its use and the momentum for change, law professors at all levels of education should have some knowledge of the "ALWD Manual" and the trend toward neutral citation so that their students, most of whom have been raised in the Internet era and are extensive online users, will also be able to understand the sources they see cited in their texts and eventually in the workforce. The purpose of this article is to provide that backdrop of knowledge. The first section of this article explains what neutral citation is and discusses the American Association of Law Libraries' publication of the "Universal Citation Guide." The next section introduces the "ALWD Manual," and the following section compares the "Manual" to the "Bluebook" and discusses criticisms of the "Manual." The final section provides a discussion of the future of legal citations. (Contains 44 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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