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LARW: Legal Analysis Research & Writing

For first year law students taking LARW.

Microsoft Word Tips

One space after a sentence, not two

Be careful of double spacing after a sentence. You can use the grammar checker on word to show places where you made it 2 spaces. 

Word 2312:

In Word, click on File> Options>Editor - and look under Punctuation Conventions. 

Other versions of Word:

In Word, click on File>Options>Proofing>When Correcting Spelling and Grammar in Word>Writing Style>Settings>Require:Spaces Required between Sentences = 1. Then, when you are back in the document, click on Review>Spelling& Grammar.

Possibly better directions are here:


Turn off Superscript

Word automatically defaults to superscripting the th in 5th Cir.

To default to 5th Cir.:

Select File> Options. Select Proofing, and under AutoCorrect options, select AutoCorrect Options. Go to AutoFormat As You Type and clear the Ordinals (1st) with superscript to prevent the app from applying superscript formatting to numbers.

Creating the Caption

  1. Set line spacing to single space. (Home tab>Paragraph click on the arrow in the bottom right)
  2. When you get to the caption with the )s going down the page:
  • Home tab>Paragraph click on the arrow in the bottom right
  • Click Tabs button in bottom right corner
  • Now the tabs should be set up so you have a tab at .5 (that one is there automatically) for the Party names, etc. at 3.1 for the ) and at 4.1 for “Civil Action No….”

Another way people do it is to make a table with 3 columns and get rid of the border lines.


Law Technology Trainers

Shortcuts for symbols - eg. Section, Paragraph

Click the Insert tab.
2. Click the Symbol button and choose More Symbols.
The Symbols dialog box appears.
3. Choose a symbol.
4. Click the Shortcut Key button to assign a shortcut (or change the
existing one). The Customize Keyboard dialog box appears.
5. Press a shortcut key combination. For example, you could make your
paragraph symbol shortcut alt+p and your section symbol shortcut
For example, press Ctrl+. (period).
6. Confirm that the shortcut key combination is not currently assigned.
After you press the shortcut keys, look in the Customize Keyboard
dialog box by the Currently Assigned To item. If it reads [unassigned],
you’re good to go. Otherwise, the shortcut is already taken and you
need to think of another.
7. Click the Assign button to create that symbol keyboard shortcut.

Page Numbers for an Appellate Brief

Instructions to insert page numbers, suppress first page, and restart the page numbers for a brief

After inserting the page numbers,

  • Double click on the footer 
  • From the Header and Footer tab, click the box in the middle that says Different First page to get rid of the page number on the first page
  • Highlight page number 2, select Page Number in the upper left of the tool bar, click format page numbers and change the number format to I, ii, iii
  • Hit Esc to get out of the footer and back to the text
  •  At the top of the page where you want 1,2,3 numbering to start, put the cursor at the start of the text.
  • Click on the Layout tab, select Breaks and insert a section break (continuous)
  • This should delete the page numbers for the pages below
  • Keeping the cursor before the text on the page you want the 1,2,3 to start…
  • Click on Insert, page number, select Format Page Number and select 1,2, 3 (Arabic numeral format). Then under Page numbering, click the button in front of Start at. Set to start at page 1.
  • Select insert, page number, and insert the page number into the bottom middle of page
  • Uncheck Different First page (Design Tab) for the page you started the 1,2,3 numbers on
  • Scroll back to the first page. If the number i has reappeared delete it.