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APA Citation Guide: Legal

This guide will provide an overview of APA Citation Style.

Legal Citation

Note: This section shows how to cite legal materials in APA style. Speak with your instructor know if you need to use APA or Bluebook citation.

Federal Citation

Citing a Constitution

General Form

Constitution Name. art.,amend., or pmbl. Roman numeral. $#167; #. cl. #.


U.S. Const. art. II, § 4.

U.S. Const. amend. XXVI.

Citing an U.S. Supreme Court Case

General Form

Name v. Name, Volume number U.S. Page number (Year)


Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S.551 (2005)

Citing a Federal Statute

General Form

Name of the Statute, Title number Source § Section number(s) (Year Published).


Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601–2654 (2006).

State Citation

State Statutes

General Form

Name of Statute of Year Enacted, Volume Source § section number (current publication year).


Data Practices Act of 1974, 13 Minn. Stat. § 05 (2010).

State Court Cases

General Form

Case Name, Volume Location Page# (State Ct. Year)

Example - State Court of Appeals Case

State v. Theel, 532 N.W.2d 265 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)

Example - State Supreme Court Case

State v. Clang, 320 N.W.2d 718 (Minn. 1982)