7 Legal Apps for a Law School Student

The following blog post originally appeared in LawTech, the blog of Pepperdine University School of Law’s Information Services. The author is Danielle Minke.

7 Legal Apps for a Law School Student

1. FastCase: This free app available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android allows you to search for cases that have occurred in all 50 states. See the FastCase Web site for more information.

2. Want to know more about your Supreme Court Justices? The app called PocketJustice gives you all the information you need in the palm of your hand. This app is $0.99 and available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

3. iJuror is a fast and easy way to keep track of your jury. This app costs $4.99 and is available for the iPhone and iPad.

5. TrialPad allows lawyers to update court files during the actual hearing. Lawyers can hook up any monitor or projector to their iPad to play videos or display images on the screen. This app is $89.99 and available for the iPhone and iPad.

6. Constitution allows anyone to review the Constitution for free.

7. Black Law’s Dictionary is a well-known law dictionary. Costing $54.99, it is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Finding Legal Apps

Apps just aren’t for finding a new place to eat or improving your Words with Friends score. The past several years have seen the development of a staggering array of apps designed specifically for lawyers and legal researchers. Using apps, you can do everything from supplementing your bar exam study to annotating PDF documents and monitoring jurors during trial – all from your tablet or smartphone.

With all of the legal apps out there these days, how to get started with finding one that works for you? A recent article, “Good Apps Aren’t Hard to Find: Resources for Finding Legal Apps”, lists several resources for locating legal apps. App stores, legal technology blogs, and legal content providers such as Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are all great starting points. Check out the article for more information and to start APP-lying your legal technology skills!