Legal Writing – Citations

When you are writing a Legal Memorandum, it is important to use the correct citation format.  Citations allow the reader to verify the statements about the law you are making and the to locate the quotations that you give.  The following are some basic rules of citation:

Parts of the citation –  Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

  • Brown v. Board of Education – Case name
  • 347 – Volume number in which case is found
  • U.S. – Name of the Reporter in which the case is found
  • 483 – Page in the Reporter on which the case begins
  • 1954 – The date of the decision

Every citation that you have for a case should have all of these parts.



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