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APA 6th Edition Guide

About Citing Legal Materials

In the boxes below, you will find examples of references and in-text citations for each source. Select the type of legal material you are citing using the tabs.

Paralegal students: visit the Paralegal Guide for help citing legal materials in the Bluebook format.

In-text citation examples shown are for paraphrases and summaries (Author-Date pattern). When citing a direct quote, you will also need to include either a page number or paragraph number (Author-Date-# pattern). Visit the In-Text Citations tab to the left for more information!



  1. ‚ÄčIn-text citations are located within the text of your paper and references are located in the references page at the end of your paper.
  2. References use a hanging indent. Click here for more information!
  3. References are double spaced

If your legal material has more than one author or no author, follow the same format found in the Books tab to the left! 

Consult the APA Style Blog-Legal for more information about how to cite legal resources in the APA Style.


Important Note about Example References

Please note that according to APA formatting rules, references are double spaced in the References list (see rule 6.22 in the Publication Manual). Due to space limitations, examples of APA references provided below are single spaced.

Court Decision Citations - Select the type of court decision you are citing from the tabs below

Statute Citations - Select the type of statute you are citing from the tabs below

Administrative Material Citations - Select the type of administrative material you are citing from the tabs below

Government Publications