According to the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey, nearly 91% of lawyers now use smartphones in their law practices, up from 89% the previous year. Although the smartphone of choice is the iPhone, with 62% of those lawyers surveyed reporting that they used an iPhone, Androids were the second most popular smartphone, with 22% of respondents using an Android phone.
The number of lawyers using Android phones isn’t surprising since Android use increased dramatically in 2013. In fact, Gartner reported that 62% of tablets used worldwide in 2013 were Androids. So of course lawyers’ mobile usage somewhat mirrors that of the general population.
Because lawyers are increasingly using Android devices, more and more apps are being developed specifically for lawyers. What follows is an assortment of legal-specific apps and other apps that you will no doubt find to be useful in your law practice.
Legal research & substantive law apps
First, there’s the Fastcase app, which is free and, even if you don’t have a Fastcase subscription, and can be used to conduct research with your Android device, no matter where you happen to be.
Another great app is dLaw, which provides free access to federal statutes and rules along with access to Google Scholar’s legal research capabilities. You also have the option of paying for access to various state statutes and rules.
Also useful is LawGuide, a free, functional dictionary. There are also a host of legislative and Supreme Court apps, including We the People (free-full text of the U.S. Constitution), Congress (free-everything you ever wanted to know about Congress and pending bills), and PocketJustice ($0.99–everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Supreme Court).
First, there’s AgileLaw Paperless Deposition, a free app that allows you to easily navigate a deposition transcript, is a handy app.
Next, MobileTranscript is another free app that assists with reviewing deposition transcripts.
Depose ($7.99), is an app that is designed to aid the deposition process. Using the app, you can take notes during the deposition, edit and rearrange deposition questions, and attach exhibits, among other things.
Finally, for a jury selection app, look no further than iJuror ($9.99).
Mobile law office apps
Of course there are a number of Android apps available that allow you to take your law office on the road.
First, there’s ScanToPDF, a free app that turns your Android device into a portable document scanner.
For mobile faxing, look no further than eFax. It’s a really useful tool, but you have to sign up for their eFax service in order to use it.
Last but not least, there’s SignEasy, a free app that allows you to sign a document using your finger or of stylus. Once you’ve done so, you can then share the executed document with others via email.
So, Android-toting lawyers–download these apps for a truly portable law office. Once you’ve done so, you can easily practice law from anywhere, night or day. So get started today and see how much you can increase your productivity using your Android devices. And if there are any other useful apps you think I’ve left off the list, feel free to share in the comments!