A Bluebook Guide for Law Students

This guide provides commentary, models and tips on the Bluebook (19th Edition) for law students. The author experienced frustration with the Bluebook both as a first year student and on a law journal board. The author hopes this guide will offer some helpful advice.

Please note that this guide does not reflect changes made by the 21st edition of the Bluebook, due to be be released on June 15, 2020. The guide will be updated this summer.

The Bluepages section located at the start of the Bluebook is a mini-guide to Court Documents and/or Legal Memoranda. Bluepage rules are sometimes different but are always based upon the normal non-bluepage rules.

Always check for local court citation rules for court documents. See Bluebook Table 2 for each state's court rules.

For any suggestions, questions or complaints you can e-mail: lawref@suffolk.edu.