The Impact of Mobile Devices in the Legal Profession

Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets make it possible for anyone to be connected and “online” at all hours of the day. Constantly being plugged-in has changed how we live our daily lives, both personally and in the work place.

And for lawyers, it’s no different. From checking our email to see the status on a client case over breakfast, or reading the news to stay abreast current events between appointments, mobile devices are impacting the way we do business.

This infographic examines how lawyers are using mobile devices to increase work productivity and the billable hour. We break down the daily needs of legal professionals and how they are using a mobile device to help accomplish the task, as well as provide information about the types of apps lawyers are using to increase efficiency. Finally, a list of the top-rated mobile apps that we think are most useful for lawyers can be found at the bottom.

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15 Mobile Apps for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Now that you know how mobile devices are helping to satisfy a need for lawyers and legal professionals, here’s a look at some of the top rated apps that are being used by thousands of users worldwide to enhance productivity. Whether you need to quickly reference a scholarly article, make revisions to a document, share a file with a client, or communicate with a colleague — there’s an app for that.


Dropbox

Description: Simple synchronization app keeps all your files in one place on-the-go
Price: Free
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: Dropbox for Android, Dropbox for iOS, Dropbox for iPad
Download: iPhone, Android


DroidLaw

Description: One stop shop for legal reference material
Price: Free
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: DroidLaw for Android
Download: Android


Fastcase

Description: A legal research application that puts the American Law Library in the palm of your hand
Price: Free
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: iPhone J.D.
Download: iPhone, iPad

TrialPad for iPad

Description: Use this powerful iPad application to present compelling evidence to the judge or jury, annotate and display documents to increase their impact, and to stay organized. View videos about how TrialPad works.
Price: $89.99
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: Top App Reviews 101, Mac Litigator
Download: iPad

CamScanner

Description: Quickly scan any paper documents by taking pictures on-the-go and email the scans as PDF of JPG files
Price: Free
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: Lawyer Tech Review, CNET
Download: iPhone, Android

Pocket Justice

Description: PocketJustice brings the U.S. Supreme Court down to earth through abstracts of the Court's constitutional decisions and access to its public sessions
Price: Free (Top 100 cases), $4.99 (Full version, 600+ cases), $8.99 (HD version, iPad)
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: Walking Office
Download: iPhone, Android

smartLEGES

Description: The best law manager for Android and iPhone. Download the free application with the Constitution of United States of America.
Price: $4.99
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: PC World
Download: iPhone, Android

TeamViewer

Description: Remotely control your desktop computer with TeamViewer while you are on-the-go
Price: Free
Rating: 4.7 of 5 stars
Reviews: CNET
Download: iPhone, iPad, Android

Pulse

Description: A beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite sites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic.
Price: Free or $1.89
Rating: 4.4 of 5 stars
Reviews: Laptop Mag, Washington Post
Download: Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook

Pocket Casts

Description: Listening to podcasts is now easier than ever. Stay up-to-date with all the latest podcasts with one easy app. Stream or download new episodes straight from your mobile device.
Price: $1.99 (iTunes), $2.99 (Android)
Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars
Reviews: iMore, Android Central, Make Use Of
Download: iPhone, Android

IM+: Instant Messaging

Description: One app for all of your instant messaging needs -- supports Beep, Skype, MSN, Facebook Chat, AIM, Yahoo!, ICQ, google Talk, VKontakte, and more
Price: $9.99 (iTunes/BlackBerry), $4.99 (Android, Windows Phone)
Rating: 4.3 of 5 stars
Reviews: CNET, PPC Geeks, Pad Gadget
Download: Android, iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone

Skype

Description: Make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, and call phones at Skype rates on the move. Free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype regardless of the device you're using!
Price:Free
Rating: 3.9 of 5 stars
Reviews: CNET, Laptop Mag
Download: Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone

Chrome for Mobile

Description: The speed and simplicity of Google Chrome, now on your smartphone or tablet. Search and browse the web fast with Chrome, and sync your account for a personalized experience.
Price: Free
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews: The Telegraph, Computer World
Download: Android, iPhone/iPad

Law Guide & Law Dictionary

Description: A dictionary and legal guide created by TheLaw.com
Price: Free
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Reviews: None
Download: Android, iPhone/iPad

Congress

Description: A pocket version of Congress -- track elected officials, read the latest news about bills and laws, and get live floor updates from the House and Senate floor as they happen
Price: Free
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Reviews: Android Tapp, PC World, iPhone J. D.
Download: Android, iPhone/iPad

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