Every first-year law student in America must purchase “The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.” Your professors will insist that no lawyer can get by without a copy and that every judge you encounter will be a stickler for legal citations. None of that is true. I haven’t used my Bluebook once since graduating from law school. I’ve filed countless pleadings in almost every trial-level court in Massachusetts. Not once has a judge or opposing counsel taken issue with my citations. In fact, I’ve never heard of any lawyer being scolded for the quality of his or her citations.