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Bluebook Citation 101 -- Practitioner Format

Adminstrative Law


Rule 14 and Table 1 of The Bluebook (21st ed. 2020) covers Administrative and Executive Materials. Rule 14.2 is specific regarding regulations

A citation to the CFR would look like this: 

29 C.F.R. § 825.112 (2015).

The 29 refers to the CFR title.  The CFR part is 825.  The CFR section is 825.112.

A citation to the Federal Register would look like this:

Office of the Attorney General; Applicability of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, 75 Fed. Reg. 81,849 (Dec. 29, 2010) (codified at 28 C.F.R. Pt. 72).

The 75 is the Federal Register volume.  The 81,849 is the Federal Register page number.  The Federal Register issue date is December 29, 2010.


Rule 14.3 is specific regarding administrative adjudications and arbitrations.  Generally, they should conform to Rule 10 for cases but apply Rule 14.3.1 exceptions.

Executive Orders & Proclamations

See T.1. Generally you will cite to Title 3 of the CFR when available. The citation elements consist of:

  • Exec. Order abbreviation or Proclamation
  • No. followed by the order or proclamation number
  • Title 3
  • C.F.R.
  • Page number
  • Original Year Promulgated

Exec. Order No. 13827, 3 C.F.R. 794 (2018).

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