Showing posts from April, 2020

How to Figure Out the Bluebook

To be very honest, the Bluebook and citations terrified me at the beginning of 1L. It just seemed like so much to remember and I wasn't sure if I would be able to figure it out. However, learning how to use the Bluebook gets a lot easier with practice, especially when you learn how to best use it! Learn About Its Structure There are three separate parts of the Bluebook: the Bluepages, the white pages, and tables. It's pretty easy to find where these sections of the Bluebook are located because the pages are color-coded. The Bluepages are (shocker) light blue, the white pages are highlighted with dark blue on the top of each page, and the tables are marked with dark blue along the edges. The Bluepages are, as the Bluebook describes, a "how-to guide for basic legal citation." These are the general outlines of the rules contained in the rest of the Bluebook. My Lawyering Process describes these as practitioner's rules because the Bluebook recommends these

Essential Tips for Online Classes

All ABA-accredited law schools have moved online due to COVID-19. At this point, that's not news. Getting used to online classes, for me, has been an interesting process. This is my third week of online classes, and I've started to feel more comfortable dealing with them now. Here's what I've learned helps keep me focused during class. Get Into a Habit Back when we had in-person classes, I had a schedule of what I would do before class. I always liked to put my stuff down in the lecture hall fifteen minutes before class started, and then I would go to the Student Affairs office to fill up my water bottle and maybe get some coffee. Now that classes are online, I've had to make a new pre-class schedule to get myself into the same mindset that I had during in-person classes. I like to log onto the Zoom call about ten minutes early, although I'll leave my camera off until class starts. I make sure my casebook is open to the cases we'll be discussing t