With the rise in the use of smartphones, more and more people are finding new uses for their hand-held gadgets. Some of these ways are creative while others border on crazy. Some are aimed at tracking time and tasks while others are geared towards enhancing productivity. Among all of these things, one thing stands out: all of these and many more tasks depend on the mobile software that you have on your smartphone.
The end conclusion is that a lot of people have embraced different uses for their phones in the workplace and lawyers have not been left behind. Here are the five useful mobile applications for lawyers:
This is an iPhone application that lets lawyers search statutes and case files from all fifty states: federal government databases are included for good measure. The algorithm in use places the most relevant search items to the top of the search results in order to ensure that you find what you are looking for, as fast as possible. Included are settings that allow for users to create customisable search filters. Users can make use of the keyword search tool, citation lookup or natural language search. The app is free but you have to register in order to activate advanced settings, such as search history and document saving.
2. Pocket justice
This is a rather advanced app as it brings you case information as well as audio files on cases from the Supreme Court. There is the paid and the free version with the difference being that while the free version offers you results from just 100 cases, the paid version lets you find results from over 600 cases. The one thing that makes this app stand out it its ability to give you text transcripts from some of the high-profile cases on file.
As you may have caught on from the name, this is an android legal reference application. This application includes the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Add-ons, such as additional reference material, as well as the U.S constitution add-on are available at a fee.
4. The law guide
This is a legal mobile application that every law student or paralegal should have. This application puts a comprehensive legal dictionary in your palms as well as the most relevant law FAQ. If you get called in for an interview, let your bosses and peers know that you have a firm grip on the legal lingo. This app has an extraordinary feature: it lets you upload your resume so as to connect with prospective employers.
The app that closes this list is an online file storage and sharing application with a web interface. Dropbox lets you upload all your documents online so that they are available no matter the device that you may be on. Say goodbye to the days when you had to carry files upon files of documents. Now all you need is dropbox and a device that can connect to the internet.