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Practical Citation

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Back when you were a law student, you might have spent a lot of time perfecting your citations with The Bluebook. Maybe you were a journal editor and you demanded proper comma italicization in the See, e.g., signal.1 Or maybe your 1L writing professor penalized you for not using proper abbreviations in case names. You probably don’t worry so much about that stuff anymore.

Let me start with some good news: That’s OK. You’re right not to worry about The Bluebook as much as you did as a law student. For one thing, to the extent you learned citation formatting in law school, what you learned back then is probably good enough for what you need today. For another, though clients surely appreciate a neat and professional work product, they’d likely balk at substantial time entries for citation formatting.