The What You Need to Know Series brought in two attorneys to give an overview of the Blue Book and useful tips in applying the Rules in practice including Janelle Kilies, Lewis Wagner LLP and Andrea Kochert, Indiana Supreme Court Law Clerk.
Check out valuable tips learned during the presentation below.
The Blue Book is important. The art of bluebooking is very important not only for LARC classes and Law Review while in law school, but also during your career after law school, so learn it and know it so that you can use it properly.
The Blue Book in the work place. You will most often cite to statutes and cases. Do not cite to an unpublished case (with a few rare exceptions) when writing anything to a court. Always check to ensure that the case/statute you are citing is still good law.
Navigating the Blue Book. When you first look for something always try the back cover first. The index is very helpful. Once you find what Rule applies, look for examples within that specific section. The Blue Book on-line version is a very easy way to navigate through different topics. The blue pages are used for practitioners and law clerks to use when citing authority within non-academic legal documents.
Other tips. Always follow the Rules that your LARC professor tells you to use (if they tell you to use ALWD, then use ALWD). Don't trust online research sites to provide you the correct citation because more often than not the provided citation does not comply with the Rules.