Mobile Law Apps: Part 1 – Best Apps for Law Students

Welcome to guest blogger Terry Gilham! Terry has recently joined the library staff as a part-time volunteer librarian. She will be blogging from time to time.

 Law Dojo logoLaw Dojo – Know Your Rights
For iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Android version coming
Basic game is free, individual games $2.99 each

This app provides a series of games that test a player’s knowledge of a number of law subjects. A free version covers in general all topics. Individual games are available for $2.99 for specific areas of the law such as, civil procedure, torts, contracts, Supreme Court, criminal law, etc. Designed by Margaret Hagen, a lawyer, it features cartoon illustrations   to underscore the philosophy of Law Dojo, that law can be fun.

Law in a Flash thumbnailLaw in a Flash
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and all Android devices.
$19.99 each for the full version of each specific areas of the law

This mobile app is essentially a digital version of the traditional flashcard model. It is ideal for reviewing legal topics by examining the essential elements of each legal concept. The app allows the user to download cards, read the questions or hypothetical situation on the front of the card and then tap the screen to flip the card over for the correct answer. In addition, the app allows one to enter personal study notes for each card using the touch screen keyboard. Cards that require further study can be bookmarked and saved using the “Study Set” feature.

Basic law school subject areas covered include Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility and Ethics, Property and Torts. Flash card versions are available for more advanced courses as well.

Law Stack thumbnailLaw Stack
Compatible with iPhone and iPad devices. Android version available. Free download with add-ons from $1.99.

This portable library is essentially a rule book containing the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Evidence and Bankruptcy. In addition it includes the U.S. Constitution.

Complete offline access is available for the downloaded titles. Other useful features include full-text searching, bookmarking, search highlighting, header only search option, context-sensitive searching, search history save, and email sections.

Fastcase mobile thumbnailFastcase HD
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Android version as well. Free download, but registration is required for accessing full features. Law students and faculty can use their free account provided through the Jameson Law Library.

This free legal research application contains cases and statutes from all 50 states and from the federal government. Searchable by citation, keyword (Boolean and natural language), or statute collection browsing. Results are presented with the most relevant appearing first. Search results are sortable and customizable and automatically display the number of citing cases. Users may go immediately to the most relevant paragraph of any case or statute and save favorite documents for later use. The site is updated daily.

WestlawNext mobile thumbnailWestlawNext
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Android version (has not received favorable reviews). The mobile app is free with a WestlawNext Account. Law students and faculty can use their law school Westlaw accounts.

The mobile app provides access to the resources of the Westlaw legal research system. Users can search the content of their database. Access features include WestSearch, Keycite, folders, history, document notes and highlighting. Additional mobile features include Westlaw alerts, the ability to track and follow companies of interest, customizable news feed and automatic updates for practice areas of interest. Users may save documents for offline reading, organize and share folders, access research history and email documents or selected text with a reference.

Law Dictionary thumbnailThe Law Dictionary & Guide
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android version available.   Free download.

A mobile app that incorporates a searchable legal dictionary containing 8,500+ definitions, with a database of legal articles, FAQs, a lawyer directory, legal abbreviations and maxims. An “ask your legal question” with answers is also available. Content is updated continuously. The legal dictionary is available anytime offline. The legal guide requires an internet connection for accessing the web based guide to these materials.

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2 Responses to Mobile Law Apps: Part 1 – Best Apps for Law Students

  1. jimmy peter says:

    LegalClick.com will be one of the startups presenting their great new legal app at the Collision Conference taking place right now in New Orleans. Their app allows attorneys to list their practice and offer services to clients for a fixed fee and all transactions take place seamlessly via the app.

  2. Pingback: Mobile Law App:Part 2 – Best Apps for Lawyers | Jameson Law Library Blog

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