This guide lists software useful for legal writing. (This guide was formerly titled Citation Checking and Legal Writing Software).
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014
When you highlight part of a document, select Copy with Reference. The highlighted part will be copied along with the citation in the format you pick (Standard (Bluebook) , ALWD or state specific).
Not all states are currently supported. Ohio citation format available.
Select Briefs or Law Review Format: the default is Bluebook for legal briefs; if you want to change to Bluebook for Law Review form, click on Preferences in the bottom left, then click on the Citation tab, and select Law Review as citation style.
- Lexis Advance
Choose style manual formats when copying citations—standard Bluebook for briefs citation format or California Manual of Style, with more to come.
- Cite Genie
Firefox extension. Free for 90 days, then $14.95 for use on 3 computers.
When copying text from a case in Lexis or Westlaw will put the citation into the proper format for the jurisdiction you choose, or in standard Bluebook brief form. Does not do law review Bluebook form.
Works for Google Scholar and Bloomberg Law, but only in Bluebook format.
- Cite Stack
Google Chrome extension. Only works in Google Scholar. Free for seven days, then a license must be purchased
for $69.99/yr or $9.99/mon. Bluebook for briefs format only.
Allows you to save a stack of case snippets with cites in a folder and then export the stack to Microsoft Word.
Create a database of authorities which can be inserted into a document in proper citation format. Citations can be inserted into the text of a brief or article, and/or can be used to create a bibliography. Find more information about these at Reference Management Software.
Available for free to CSU faculty and students.
Bluebook law review format only, not brief format.
Both Bluebook brief and Bluebook law review formats.
- LexisNexis Casemap
A tool for organizing facts, documents, issues, evidence, characters and legal authorities for a case. Legal authorities entered into Casemap will be put into Bluebook form. Free to law students and faculty.
- Lexis for Microsoft Office
Check citation formats in Microsoft Word, similar to using spell check. Works for Bluebook for briefs, California and New York formats, other states to be added.
Also build a table of authorities, check quotes and do research from a Word document. More Information
. See video, below
. Free for law students & faculty.
- Correct Cite
Correct citations as you type. Works with new or existing documents. Just type (or select) the cite and press F2. Bluebook for briefs only, not law review format. No state formats.
Also creates a table of authorities. See pricing