Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

14 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2009  

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: June, 12 2009

Abstract

The Bluebook has transcended its role as a legal citation manual. As the citation for the flagship law reviews at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Penn, the Bluebook acts as the contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of trade that keeps its publishers solvent. As the condensed expression of the familial relationship between legal academia and student-edited law reviews, the Bluebook represents the prenuptial contract between the professors and the journals. Finally, as the unofficial Uniform Citation Code, the Bluebook is a legislative waste dump, a statutory release for the pent-up frustrations of partisan players in citation politics.

Keywords: legal writing

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (June, 12 2009). University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 4, 1991. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1418709

James Ming Chen (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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