How to Format Your Table of Contents and Table of Authorities

Are you participating in Moot Court … or … are you taking an Appellate Advocacy class … or … are you writing a brief for your Legal Writing class?   At some point, you eventually will have to create and format a Table of Contents and a Table of Authorities for your brief.  In days of yore, this was a long and tedious task using a manual typewriter.  Luckily today you can use your PC or Mac to generate a table of contents and table of authorities in short order.

But wait, you say!  I’ve never created and formatted a table of contents and table of authorities before … and I don’t have the time to figure it out.   Not to worry!  That’s where we at the Jameson Law Library come to the rescue.  We know time is a precious commodity for law students so we’ve created a LibGuide, “How to Format an Appellate Brief,”  that will walk you through the process step-by-step using either a PC or a Mac for the latest versions of Microsoft Word.

But wait, you say!  I don’t have the latest versions of Microsoft Word.  And I want to see a video how-to demonstration.   Not to worry!  We’ve compiled some additional resources for you.

  • To view an actual demonstration, go to YouTube > enter “formatting an appellate brief” in the search box > select clip
  • Microsoft Office Help has information for all version of Word for PCs.  Select the version of Word you are using > enter “Table of Contents” or “Table of Authorities” in search box > select from list
  • Duke Law School’s blog “The Goodson Blogson” has links to information on creating a Table of Contents and a Table of Authorities, including help for those using WordPerfect.

Oh, one more thing.  Any specific formatting selections, such as font type and size, underlining, spacing etc. that are mentioned in the resources above are for demonstration purposes.  Select formatting per your professor’s instructions.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know.  We’re always happy to help and always looking for ways to improve.

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One Response to How to Format Your Table of Contents and Table of Authorities

  1. Regina Vann says:

    GREAT RESOURCE!!!

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