ALWD Citation Manual Resources

ALWD Citation ManualThe ALWD Citation Manual is a consistent, flexible, and relatively easy to understand and use professional system of citation for legal materials. It is filled with examples of citation forms. One of the simpler, yet long overdue changes from the Bluebook, is that the ALWD Citation Manual contains one system for all legal documents, making no distinction between law review articles and other types of writing. The Manual has been adopted by professors at more than ninety law schools, many paralegal programs, and a number of law reviews, moot court competitions, and courts.

ALWD is dedicated to supporting and improving the ALWD Citation Manual. To that end, this website provides various support materials for both the first and second editions of the citation manual. The information on this Web site, particularly including the information about state rules included in the expanded appendices, is available for use not only by ALWD members, but also by other legal writing faculty, students, practicing attorneys, judges, and members of the general public.

About the ALWD Citation Manual

In 1997 Professor Jan Levine (Temple) and Professor Richard Neumann (Hofstra) proposed that the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) publish a new legal citation manual. The ALWD Board of Directors enthusiastically undertook the ambitious project. In February 2000, nearly three years of work came to fruition when the ALWD Citation Manual was published by Aspen Publishers, a leading publisher of law books.

One of the guiding ideas for the ALWD Citation Manual is that it is to be, for the most part, a restatement of the rules of citation based on how experts actually do citation. It is a book prepared by professionals for professionals. As a result of this conservative approach, citation done in the ALWD format will be instantly familiar to practitioners and scholars alike, regardless of which edition of the Bluebook they have learned.

The ALWD Citation Manual is consistent, flexible, easy to understand, and is filled with examples. One of the simpler, yet long overdue changes from the Bluebook is that the ALWD Citation Manual contains one system for all legal documents, making no distinction between law review articles and other types of writing. The Manual has now been adopted by professors at more than ninety law schools, in many paralegal programs, by several law reviews, for some moot court competitions, and by some courts.

Where to purchase the ALWD Citation Manual

The manual is available for purchase on Aspen Publishers online bookstore and through retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To order an examination copy online, please contact Aspen Publishers.