Are you a first year student struggling with a bluebooking issue, or a journal member knee-deep in a cite check? Then you might take solace in Judge Richard Posner’s review of the 19th edition of The Bluebook in the latest volume of the Yale Law Journal.
Posner recalls that, while a student at Harvard, he was unable to master The Bluebook, even though it was a quarter of its present size. He describes the growth of The Bluebook from its original 26 pages to today’s 511 as "monstrous" and believes that time spent bluebooking would be better devoted to legal education or practice. Posner doesn’t use The Bluebook in his opinions or academic writings, instead providing his law clerks with a short manual that includes a brief section on citation forms along with a "cheat sheet" of examples.
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Hat tip to How Appealing.