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Bottomheavy: Legal Footnotes


Joan A. Magat


Duke University - School of Law

December 1, 2009

Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming

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For decades, legal footnotes have been the deserving target of both ample criticism and self-mockery. Apart from their complaints as to footnotes’ mere existence, most critics draw a bead on the ballooning of footnote content. Some journal editors, aspiring to respond to this sound theme, hopefully inform their authors of a preference for “light footnoting.” But where does an author begin to trim, and what editor has the audacity to slash what the author (or her research assistant) has so laboriously compiled below the line? Changing our footnote habits is about benefits and costs. To gain the former, we must ante up. If criticism began the round of bidding, this article modestly raises the stakes, suggesting a rule of reason that might govern the author’s, the editor’s, and the reader’s expectations for footnotes. A gamble, perhaps, but one that might be worth taking.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: law journals, footnotes, citation

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Date posted: December 4, 2009 ; Last revised: March 9, 2010

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Magat, Joan A., Bottomheavy: Legal Footnotes (December 1, 2009). Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1516307

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Joan A. Magat (Contact Author)
Duke University - School of Law ( email )
Box 90360
Duke School of Law
Durham, NC 27708
United States
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