Italics vs. underlining

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Italics and underlining have two roles in legal writing: indicating emphasis and formatting legal citations. You should avoid using underlining in my classes, using italics instead. For legal citations, the Bluebook advises that you should use either italics or underlining, but not both, for formatting citations. The examples it gives use underlining, because it is clearer for illustrations, as readers might have trouble, for example, determining whether a period is italicized, but it’s easy to see whether it is underlined.


Last Updated On December 12, 2018

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