In law documentation, legal citations are used when referring to cases, statutes, law review articles and any other legal document.
Legal citations generally include the following components:
- The Name of the Document (Statute, Case, Law Journal)
- An Abbreviation for the Legal Series (Number, Series Abbreviation, Number)
- The Date
- There is some Variation by Document Type
Citing in the legal profession is vastly different from citing materials for coursework in English or History. The legal profession has its own system, reflecting the range of resources and needs of those in the profession. This isn't APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Language Association)! You'll spend significant time in class learning how to properly cite legal materials.