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Citing Legal Materials Using Bluebook - A Short Guide

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So, you collected the relevant materials for your research, went through them carefully, and evaluated the available materials. Now, what remains is to carefully dot down your arguments in your own words while supporting those arguments and ideas by citing relevant materials in the footnotes. It is necessary to cite relevant legal material that you have referred to because it reflects your research and in-depth study that you have undertaken to write that paper. Apart from that, while quoting the work of someone else, citation is necessary to avoid possible allegations of plagiarism. However, while citing the materials in the footnotes section, you cannot cite them as per your wish. For example, while citing page no. 99 of ‘The Start-up of You’ book written by Reid Hoffman, you cannot cite it as ‘page 99, The Start-up of You, Reid Hoffmann’ just because that seems convenient. There is a standard metho…

A Need to Define Limits To Constitutional Change

Constitutional reform, progressively known as constitutional change[1] in recent times, is an act of the state that results in a change in the constitutional text of the nation. Undoubtedly, there is a dire need of regular changes to a constitution keeping in view the ever-dynamic nature of the law as well as society. Also, almost all the constitutions[2] across the globe realize the necessity of a carefully designed well-defined process[3] therefor. However, the debate arises when the question concerns the limit to which such changes can be made. The Constitution of a country undoubtedly provides the basic foundations for building of political, economic, and legal systems thereof; and changes to the constitution may have serious effects on those, sometimes a detrimental one.




There arises a proposition that apart from providing a carefully crafted process for such constitutional changes, there must be some underlying rule or principle governing the limit to such changes. And, since the …

6 books every law student should read!

Forget the European and American reading lists for law students. Here we have our own customised reading list for law students in India.



Thank me later! Learning the law
The 'all-time favourite' gets repeated, again. Although the book is not about Indian legal system particularly, still it may be considered a good starting point for the new entrants. First-year students, are you listening! And the book just got better (and cheaper) with the Indian economy reprint. Get it here.Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius
'The God of Advocates!', literally! No Indian law student can afford to miss an account of the court cases of Nanabhoy "Nani" Ardeshir Palkhivala, the legendary advocate! Get the book here.Roses in December
'M. C. Chagla', the name speaks for itself! If you need some serious inspiration, go for this book. An inspiring life; an interesting tale. One of the few good autobiographies by an Indian jurist. Get the book here .F

Reporting a cyber crime in India

“Yesterday only, I received a call on my mobile device from an unknown number. The anonymous caller presented himself as some bank officer who was in immediate need of my ATM card number and CVV. After politely informing him that I’m a law student, I did disconnect the call.” Well, not a new thing. Such happenings are way too common in our friend circle, family friends, and even ourselves and our parents. Law knowing persons including law professors, practitioners, and law students regularly receive phishing attempts, impersonating calls and emails on their electronic devices. What’s worse is that they choose to ignore such happenings. Thanks to the recent legal developments in the Indian legal system, we can report such incidents just by dropping an email or reporting it to the local cyber cell. What to report Any cybercrime can be reported following the undermentioned steps. Whether a person is asking for your secret information or someone threatening you over Facebook, whether someone …