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Legal Citation Style

This citation style guide is meant to help students looking to cite legal resources such as acts and case law. In-text and narrative examples given use APA formatting. This guide will be useful for criminology students in particular.


The APA Style Guide 7th ed. states “existing legal references are usually already written in legal style and require few if any changes for an APA Style reference list entry” (p. 355). If you are using APA style for your other citations (books, journal articles, and other secondary sources) - you will likely need to follow APA for in-text citations and the reference list entries will follow the format from Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation 9th edition (aka The McGill Guide) for legal citations (e.g. laws and cases). Always check with your instructor on what style they want you to follow or if they have any of their own rules for the assignment.  

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