Best Apps for Lawyers: The Complete List

If you’re like most lawyers today, you’re always on the go, running from the office to court to client meetings and back again—which means you likely spend a lot of time on your mobile device. Are you using the time away from your desk to your (and your firm’s) maximum benefit?

Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, there are plenty of mobile apps you can use to build a powerful mobile infrastructure for your practice, allowing you to have a more flexible schedule, be more productive, achieve better work-life balance, and be more available for your customers.

But where do you start? What are the best mobile apps for lawyers?

We’ve done plenty of research (and heard from several attorneys) in order to create this collection of the best mobile apps for lawyers from recognized, trusted tech companies. Some of these apps were designed specifically for lawyers, while others simply work well in legal practice. From what’s popular, to what’s new and what can take your firm to the next level—these are the best apps to help you run your practice more efficiently and effectively.

Document storage and management apps

illustration of a microsoft word doc

OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive

If your law firm is going mobile, you’ll need a cloud data storage service that lets you access your data from anywhere. OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, NetDocuments, and Google Drive fit the bill. All offer mobile apps, and—as a bonus—all integrate with Clio Manage.

Your data is safer in the cloud as well. Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive employ data encryption, as well as physical and electronic security protocols at their server sites. (Read the security policies for Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. Also, here’s a post about security and OneDrive and one about security in NetDocuments.)

OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, NetDocuments, and Google Drive for iOS, and OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, NetDocuments, and Google Drive for Android’s 

Tip: If you use Clio Manage, you also have unlimited document storage there, and can view your documents from the Clio’s mobile app.

Document editing and mark-up apps

Adobe Acrobat Reader: For annotating and marking up documents

Having the ability to review documents remotely—such as on your tablet or phone—can be a game changer for your productivity. But in order for this to work, you’ll need a robust PDF reader that allows you to redline, highlight, and add notes and comments to your documents.

For Clio’s Lawyer in Residence, Joshua Lenon, Adobe Acrobat Reader fits the bill. It includes a built-in sync to Dropbox and Google Drive, so all changes are synced automatically—there’s no need to download and upload with new edits.

Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS and Android

Documents by Readle: For viewing documents

When you’re dealing with depositions and trial transcripts, Documents by Readle makes it easy to access, read, and mark your documents—any document that’s been converted to PDF. Use the app to tab pages, highlight passages, and add notes—all without your computer.

Documents by Readle: (iOS only)

iAnnotate: For going paperless

When you don’t want to be bogged down by physical files, iAnnotate’s PDF reader and annotation tool helps you go paperless. iAnnotate lets you work with documents on the go—whether reviewing, making notes, sharing, and more.

iAnnotate (iOS only)

Practice management apps

Clio Manage: For legal practice management

Cloud-based legal practice management software lets you take your practice on the road. Access your files, cases, and client data securely—anywhere, anytime.

With Clio’s mobile app, you can track time, view client information, create new matters and contacts, and more.

Also, Clio Manage integrates with many of the apps on this list (we have over 150 integration partners in total, many of which can be found in Clio’s App Directory), which means you can run your entire practice from one place.

Clio’s mobile app for iOS and Android

Legal research apps

Fastcase: For legal research

Fastcase is the world’s largest free mobile law library. It’s an indispensable app for attorneys practicing law on the go. Fastcase also integrates with Clio Manage, allowing users to accurately keep track of time spent on legal research.

These free mobile apps don’t have the same capabilities as the full version of Fastcase, but they’re still extremely helpful to have on hand while you’re away from the office.

Fastcase (iOS only)

Slack: Also for legal research (and communication!)

Slack, an extremely popular communications app and a top-rated app on Capterra—is being increasingly used in legal offices.

Just as Clio integrates with a multitude of apps and web services, Slack is compatible with similar integrations such as Zapier and helps automate onerous tasks like legal research.

By setting up an RSS feed that monitors precedents for new citations, you can create an opportunity for these to be discussed with case stakeholders and colleagues in a special Slack room, streamlining your costly research process.

Of course, you can use Slack for communication within the office as well!

Slack for iOS and Android

Black’s Law Dictionary: For fast access to legal terms

For access to tens of thousands of legal terms on the go, there’s nothing better than Black’s Law Dictionary. And, in the internet age, even Black’s has an app.

Black’s Law Dictionary 10th edition (iOS only)

Feedly: For keeping a finger on the pulse of the legal industry

With the advent of social media, we create, circulate, and consume more and more content at an increasingly rapid pace. For research, marketing, competitor analysis, and more, lawyers need access to relevant, real-time content.

In other words, you need a tool that lets you filter out what’s not important to create a useful knowledge base.

With Feedly, you can streamline your content monitoring and social shares so you’ll never miss new information on a case or trending topic. Organize your content into streams, collect articles with tags, and share them easily across social media and separate accounts.

Feedly for iOS and Android

LawStack: For instant legal reference

When you need to quickly refer to a statute, regulation, or rule, having LawStack on your iOS device is a huge time-saver. LawStack makes it simple to  download CFR, USC, and State Statutes and Rules directly to your device—so you’ll always have them on hand.

LawStack (iOS only)

Mobile security and access apps

Dashlane: For password management

As you move more of your life to your devices, mobile security becomes increasingly important. Dashlane helps you store, secure, and access your passwords, logins, and other sensitive data online. It’s simple: Dashlane’s secure password storage vault saves your passwords and logins, and then autofills them for you on your device when you need them.

Dashlane for iOS and Android.

LogMeIn: For remote access to your desktop

You don’t have to be in the office to access your office computer. Instead, you can be two places at once with the help of LogMeIn. LogMeIn gives you remote access to your Mac or PC, so you can control, view, transfer, and save files on your desktop from your smartphone. While the mobile app is free, you will need a paid subscription to Pro by LogMeIn.

LogMeIn for iOS and Android

Client communication apps

Skype: For quick check-ins with clients

A video calling and messaging app like Skype—which is on Captera’s list of top web conferencing software programs—truly allows lawyers to practice from anywhere—and not just from your laptop.

Need to quickly meet with a client in a different time zone (or even a different zip code)? Schedule a short video call with them via Skype. Need to call an international number? Make the call via Skype at a much lower cost than mobile or landline rates.

Skype for iOS and Android

Case Status: For client communication

Keeping clients in the loop is crucial to maintaining positive client-lawyer relationships.

Case Status gives clients real-time case-status updates through the app, so they can see exactly what’s going on with their case at any time—and so that you spend less time delivering updates via phone or email. The app integrates with Clio Manage, so cases are automatically ready to be set up in Case Status when you set them up in Clio.

Case Status for iOS and Android

Ruby Receptionists: For call management

Missed calls mean missed opportunities. Transform your smartphone into a business phone—with the perks of professional reception staff coverage—with Ruby Receptionists.

Ruby’s receptionists answer and forward your business-hour calls, and you can seamlessly manage your calls and messages on the go. And, thanks to integrations with Clio Manage and Clio Grow, Ruby syncs your calls, voicemails, and messages with Clio automatically—so you can assign them to matters as needed.

Ruby Receptionists for iOS and Android

Zipwhip: For sending professional texts

The 2017 Legal Trends Report found that 27% of consumers see a willingness to exchange text messages as a key factor when choosing a lawyer. Zipwhip lets you send and receive texts from your business number, making it easy to be both professional and responsive.

Zipwhip also integrates directly with Clio Manage, allowing you to keep all of your text conversations organized in a single system of record.

Zipwhip for iOS and Android

Signal: For extra secure client communication

Keeping client communications confidential and secure is increasingly difficult in the digital age. But, as a lawyer, you need to do your due diligence to adhere to client confidentiality rules.

With the Signal app from Open Whisper Systems, you don’t need to worry. All communications in the app are always end-to-end encrypted, and you can send messages or make voice or video calls.

Signal for iOS and Android

Note-taking and organization apps

OneNote: For taking and organizing your notes

For lawyers operating in a Microsoft Office environment, OneNote is a great option for taking and organizing notes, even while on the go. Like your own personal digital notebook, OneNote lets you capture and organize the pages you use most, collaborate with friends and colleagues, and access your ideas from anywhere—since OneNote syncs with the cloud.

OneNote for iOS and Android

Evernote: For easier note-taking

Evernote has long been an industry leader with its simple design and ability to capture notes and recordings on the fly—in a multitude of formats. In addition to taking, saving, and organizing written notes, Evernote integrates with your smartphone camera. You can capture an image from almost any surface (receipt, whiteboard, or paper), rotate it, crop it, adjust it to the dimensions required, and easily share it from your mobile device.

For Clio lawyers scanning documents, Evernote has the added advantage of removing creases in folded documents, and can be used to turn business cards into contacts.

Evernote for iOS and Android

Penultimate: For organizing handwritten notes

Need to take notes by hand but also need to stay organized? Evernote syncs with Penultimate and processes your notes so that you can search for handwritten text within the app.

Penultimate (iPad only) 

Noteshelf: For taking handwritten notes

If you like the tactile sensation of writing, it’s worth trying out an app that lets you store your handwritten thoughts electronically. Noteshelf simplifies digital note-taking, letting you convert handwritten notes to text—making it easy to search, review, organize, and more.

Noteshelf for iOS and Google Pixelbook.

Microsoft Office 365: For linking contacts, calendars, and documents

If your firm uses Microsoft Office, Clio Manage’s integration for Microsoft Office 365 Business or Enterprise accounts is a must. By syncing your Office 365 business tools with Clio, you’ll reduce data entry errors and time spent manually inputting client details. And, by linking Clio with your OneDrive for Business and your Outlook, you can further improve your day-to-day efficiency.

Microsoft Office 365

Presentation apps

TrialPad: For trial presentations

Stop dragging heavy bankers boxes to your trials. TrialPad helps you control trial presentations from your iPad, allowing attorneys to view evidence from various different angles.

Callout sections of text, highlight text, compare documents side-by-side, and more.

This app is a little more pricey than others on the list—it’ll set you back $130. However, if you do a lot of trial work, it could be well worth the cost.

TrialPad (iPad only)

AgileLaw: For paperless depositions

Never print another document exhibit. AgileLaw lets you seamlessly run a deposition without printed documents—run the deposition on one iPad, and present trial exhibits on another.

This app is free, but you’ll need an AgileLaw account.

AgileLaw for iPad and Android

Productivity apps

Wunderlist: For remembering your to-dos

As an attorney, there are always a million things that need to get done—which means it’s incredibly easy to forget one or two (or, let’s face it—a few). Wunderlist is a simple app that lets your keep track of your to-do list from your smartphone.

Wunderlist also helps you stay organized, letting you group tasks, set reminders, and share lists with your coworkers or family.

Wunderlist for iOS and Android

CamScanner and ScanSnap Connect: For mobile scanning

Transform your smartphone or tablet in a portable scanner with CamScanner’s app, and you can scan, save, archive, and upload paper documents from anywhere. CamScanner also makes it easy to enhance the image quality of your PDF, to make documents clearer, sharper, and more easily readable.

If you use a ScanSnap mobile scanner, the ScanSnap Connect Application allows you to handle scanned documents from your iPad or mobile phone. ScanSnap also integrates with Clio Manage so you can easily keep all your scanned documents filed to the right cases.

CamScanner and ScanSnap Connect for iOS, and CamScanner and ScanSnap Connect for Android

Dictate + Connect: For dictation

The original go-to for the mobile lawyer, the dictaphone, has undergone innumerable facelifts during the internet era. Dictate + Connect allows you to turn your iPad into a dictation device that can be synced with Box, within your Clio account. Simply record and sync testimonies and interrogatories to your chosen storage solution.

Dictate + Connect for iOS (free or paid) and Android (free or paid)

Other useful tools and apps for lawyers

Zapier: For everything else

While this isn’t technically an app, Zapier can help mobile lawyers save a lot of time. It allows you to seamlessly automate actions between your favorite apps by setting up Zaps between them. For example, you could designate a notebook in Evernote, where each new note will save automatically to a designated matter in Clio Manage.

There are a myriad of options with Zapier. If you’re spending any amount of time on repeatable tasks between apps, it’s worth checking out whether you can automate them with a Zap.

TripIt: For easier travel planning

For the mobile lawyer that goes further afield, TripIt is the itinerary coordinating app that connects directly to your email. Save time scrolling through confirmation emails by forwarding plane tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations, and more to your app. Curate your own itinerary, complete with maps of areas and airports. From there, trips can be synced to your calendar.

TripIt for iOS and Android

Conclusion

For modern lawyers, managing more of your firm from a mobile device is the key to staying competitive and making the most of your time. By using apps for lawyers from our list and beyond, you’ll give your firm the freedom to be more efficient, productive, and nimble as a practice.

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