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Paralegal Studies

What does Shepardizing mean?

According to Nolo's online dictionary, Shepardizing refers to

"a amethod of locating the subsequent history of a case using a book or computerized version of Shepard's Citations. This process can locate a list of decisions which either follow, distinguish, or overrule any case."

By looking at the history of how a case has been used or cited, you may determine more readily if your case will likely be decided similarly or might make a good precedent.  As a paralegal student at Oakton, you have access to several resources to assist you in Shepardizing a case.

Source:  Nolo.  Nolo Law for All.  2011.  Web.  13 July 2011.

Shepardizing Abbreviations