How to Cite Legal Sources for Academic Projects
Standard citation styles, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, APSA, etc. defer to the The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation for legal source formatting guidelines.
The examples on this guide adhere to Bluebook guidelines, but also make note of a citation style's treatment of the documentation when appropriate. This guide provides some of the more commonly cited legal sources. For more complex or obscure examples, consult the Bluebook located on Smith Library's 2nd Floor Quick Reference collection.
Terminology + Examples
Also known as judicial law; originates in the court system. The courts mediate disputes between parties, and the outcomes are commonly referred to as court decisions.
Examples: Giddeon v. Wainwright ; Engle v. Vitale ; Pennsylvania v. Mimms
The laws Congress makes are referred to as statutes. Laws passed by either Congress or state legislatures are collectively referred to as statutory law.
Examples: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ; Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012
A journal publication (usually published by a law school or bar association) containing notes and peer-reviewed articles analyzing and evaluating subject areas and developments in the law.
Examples: Kansas City Law Reporter ; San Francisco Law Review
Quick Tip: Inserting the section symbol ( § ) in a Word document.
For a PC:
For a Mac:
Thank you UNC School of Law's Carolina Blawg for this tip!