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How to Format an Appellate Brief  

This guide was developed by Cynthia Condit for the University of Montana School of Law William J. Jameson Law Library. Used with permission.
Last Updated: May 27, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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  • To view an actual demonstration, go to Youtube > enter "formatting appellate briefs" in search box > select clip
  • Microsoft Office Help has information for all versions 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's "The Goodson Blogson" has links to information on creating Table of Contents and Table of Authorities, including help for those using WordPerfect.


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WORD 2013 for PCs -- Update

Microsoft recently introduced Word 2013 for PCs.  You'll find just a few changes from Word 2010.  Look for the following:

Preparing Your Document:

  • Creating a page before the main body of your brief > place cursor at top left of body of brief > Insert > Pages > click arrow > Blank Page
  • Inserting pagination > "Link to Previous" is now an icon > it is highlighted in blue > find it in the Navigation sub-tab immediately to the right of "Go to Footer" > click to unlink

Creating Your Table of Contents:

  • First step, assigning headings from Home tab > to locate the list that includes numbered headings > at Styles sub-tab click on small arrow pointing to the right >  when you are finished applying headings, click the "X" to close the Styles list
  • To generate and insert your TOC > place cursor at the "s" at the end of "Table of Contents."  Do not place it in front of the heading; if you do, the heading will show up at the bottom of the table of contents after you create it.
  • When you are ready to generate your Table of Contents  > select "Custom Table of Contents" > when dialog box opens, click OK > your TOC is created.
  • To make modifications to your TOC > click sub-tab "Table of Contents > again, select "Custom Table of Contents" > continue to make changes as you would if you were using Word 2010.

Creating Your Table of Authorities:

  • The "Insert Table of Authorities" icon is immediately to the upper right of "Mark Citation"


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