# (Soft Question) Why does the Legendre Symbol apply only to odd primes

Why does the Legendre symbol, $(\frac{a}{p})$, apply only to odd primes $p$; and thusly the Jacobi symbol only to odd numbers? Are there any similar identities that hold for $p=2$?

$\mod 2$, $1$ is a quadratic residue trivially.
The Legendre symbol applies only to odd primes since its explicit definition does not make sense for $p=2$:
$(\frac{a}{p}) \equiv a^{(p-1)/2}$.