Use §§ Instead of “et seq.” for Multi-Section Statutes

section symbolOccasionally when reading law review articles or other legal materials, you will see the Latin abbreviation et seq. used to indicate multiple consecutive sections of a source that is being cited. The 21st edition of the Bluebook gives guidance on this, saying that et seq. should be avoided for statutes, and replaced with two section symbols – §§ – to show multiple statute sections.

Here’s an example –

42 U.S.C. §§ 1396a-1396d

For complete details, check out Rule 3 on Subdivisions in the Bluebook, specifically Rule 3.3(b).