Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Today's lawyers are relying more and more on their mobile devices to provide them with vital legal information because of their very busy schedules. These 10 mobile apps make practicing law accessible at any time and in any location.
PushLegal allows you to hold an entire law library in the palm of your hand. You can search through extensive resources on federal and state rules and codes, read case law, and even smart link to Google Scholar.
Black's Law Dictionary, 9th edition
Once an essential book in any law office, Black's Law Dictionary can now be downloaded to your mobile device. The app offers definitions of over 45,000 words and 3,500 quotations.
With PocketJustice, you gain access to hundreds of hours of recordings of the U.S. Supreme Court's public proceedings. You can find transcripts of all the recordings that identify all of the speakers. The app also enables you to search for full-text Supreme Court opinions with plain English summaries.
Fastcase is a free library of legal resources that allows you to search both federal law and cases and statutes from all 50 states. Winner of the American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year Award, it is the world's largest free mobile law library and absolutely essential to your practice.
Also known as Droid Law, dLaw serves as a legal reference tool for users of Android devices. You can search through federal rules and add on state regulations and codes as needed.
Depose presents you with an easy way to take depositions on your mobile device. Drafting and rearranging questions, attaching exhibits, and importing questions from txt files are all possible with this app, making it a necessary courtroom companion. You can even save template questions for future use.
WestlawNext provides legal research services for lawyers, allowing you to search through more than 40,000 databases on case law, state and federal law, law journals, administrative codes, and more. Yet with all of these resources, the ability to save documents and view them on and offline makes the information most important to you easily accessible at all times. The app automatically synchronizes across all of your devices, so you always pick up your research right where you left off.
The iPleading app lets you write impressive pleadings with correct pleading templates from all 50 states. It even lets you create a custom template! This is a must-have for any lawyer involved in civil procedures.
JuryPad uses a simple and user-friendly interface to assist lawyers in selecting their juries. It lets you rate prospective jurors and view the jury pool's demographics. JuryPad is an indispensable tool in conducting voir dire proceedings before any court case.
PDF is a popular file format with law firms and courts, but these files can be difficult to open on iPads or other mobile devices. LegalViewer solves this issue, and even allows you to annotate the PDF file or copy the text into another document.
When not obsessing over music, Jenny Wadlow likes to keep up with the latest happenings in the world of technology. She is a freelance blogger and has previously worked with Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers in Ringwood. In her free time, she likes to blog about mobile apps.