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Legal Abbreviations & References

 


 

Citing Sources

 

The two frequently used styles for citing sources in your legal research paper are:

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Reading Citations

Court Cases

The format for a court case is volume number, source, and first page. 

Here is an example:  127 S. Ct. 336

In this example:

127 is the volume number

S. Ct. (or Supreme Court Reporter) is the source

336 is the first page

Laws

The format for a law looks similar but differs.  It gives the title number, source, and section. 

Here is an example:  2 USC 381

In this example:

 

 

2 is the title

USC (or U.S. Code) is the source

381 is the section

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Common Abbreviations

The following are the abbreviations for some common legal resources.

ALR

American Law Reports

AmJur2d

American Jurisprudence 2nd ed.

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CJS

Corpus Juris Secundum

F2d, F3d

Federal Reporter 2nd Series, 3rd Series

FR

Federal Register

FSupp

Federal Supplement

LEd2d

U.S. Supreme Court Reports. Lawyer's ed.

S CT

Supreme Court Reporter

Stat

U.S. Statutes at Large

US

U.S. Reports

USC

U.S. Code

USCS

U.S. Code Service

Va

Virginia Reports

Va Cir

Va. Circuit Court Opinions

 

For additional abbreviations, see:

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