Legal Citations – Citing Legal Sources: Footnotes

Although in-text citations are fairly common in legal memos and factums, footnotes are the preferred method of citation used at law school.

There are two types of footnotes:

Generally speaking it is only appropriate to use footnotes under these circumstances in legal writing:

There are several rules governing the use of footnotes in legal writing.

EXAMPLE 1: Only superscripted numbers (i.e. no roman numerals or symbols) are used to signal a footnote.

EXAMPLE 2: The full citation should be provided in the first footnote referring to a source.

There are also many other rules, such as:

The only way to really get to know these rules is through practice!