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The Center’s annual Legal Technology Survey Report, published by ABA Book Publishing, is a source for information regarding the use of technology by attorneys in private practice. In 2012, it reported that 17% of responding attorneys in private practice regularly use research applications (apps) on their mobile devices.

Encyclopedia of Law App

The Encyclopedia is a trusted source of legal definitions and terms for lawyers and law students who need fast and easy reference to the legal Encyclopedia.

Our App contains the most comprehensive free legal dictionary (both in English and Spanish) ever published. It contains more than 35,000 terms. Hyperlinked cross-references to the Encyclopedia of Law and other resources make finding related terms quick and easy. It includes a featured Word of the Day.

Invaluable as a reference for all who need an explanation of legal terms: law students, lawyers, other law professionals and the public. The Dictionary contains 35,000+ definitions of legal terms.

Written by more than 3.000 experts in law, this proven resource features expanded sections. Frequent updates are delivered automatically.

The Encyclopedia can be downloaded to both smartphone and tablet as well as accessed on the web. We support all major mobile platforms including iOS (iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®), Android™, BlackBerry®, and Windows Phone®.

The mobile version of the Encyclopedia offers additional features, enhanced functionality and ongoing updates.

The Encyclopedia is one of the world’s most widely used legal reference. It features expanded practice focus on each legal issue, as well as more specific guidance on the areas of law. It provides court findings, and practice guidelines.

The Legal Reference for Mobile Devices

The Encyclopedia puts trusted legal references at your fingertips. All the content is available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices.

Legal Answers for Mobile + Web

The Answers Portal of the Encyclopedia of Law provides on-the-spot answers to legal questions faced by students, lawyers and the general public. This trusted, comprehensive mobile resource includes basic and advanced answers.  Extensive use of cross-references, tools and guidance throughout the app enhance the user experience and clarify difficult topics.

It reflects the latest advances in law practice.

Key Features

  • Designed for maximum legal utility, the Encyclopedia of Law makes it easy to find the right information, right when it is needed
  • Must-have for law students, academics, practicing lawyers, para-legal, and other legal professionals
  • Written by more than 3.000 legal professionals
  • Detailed law guidelines
  • Improved index for easier navigation on your device
  • Universal Index Search to find topics quickly across all indexes
  • +35,000 terms in the Dictionary and +200,000 entries in the Encyclopedia
  • Nearly 2,000 law-related quotations
  • “Word of the Day” feature
  • Internal hyper-linking between words referenced within definitions
  • Citations to the Encyclopedia of Law and to other resources
  • Legal materials referenced in definition accessible
  • Includes definitions of more than 6,000 legal abbreviations and acronyms
  • The legal terms are in use within several legal systems
  • Search and browse by keyword
  • User-friendly, intuitive interaction
  • Share with friends using Social Media Features
  • View words alphabetically in a scrolling view
  • Select random words
  • Quickly search the entire database
  • Advanced search is available
  • Cross-indexing which allows the user to link to other available resources and tools.

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Android App

To install the Encyclopedia of Law app, please be sure to follow these steps for optimal performance:

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For any additional feedback, please contact us. We are continuing on with our goal of providing the a helpful legal reference app, so be sure to check our website often for any information on app updates.

Other Legal Apps

Note: while many applications for devices may be helpful, they should not be used as replacements for official sources of law.

ABA Journal

ABA Journal is a free app for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app provides breaking legal news and articles featured in the ABA Journal. The app may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.
Another hat tip to Tobias Moyer for alerting us to the creation of AllLaw, the sister app for DroidLaw (see below) for use on iOS devices. Like DroidLaw, AllLaw is a legal reference app that provides FREE access to the Federal Rules and additional access to state codes and other reference materials available as in-app purchases. The app may be downloaded for use on all iOS devices from the iTunes App Store.

American Arbitration Association App

U.S. Attorneys involved in arbitrations or mediations via the American Arbitration Association will find the app helpful, as it provides ready access to AAA rules, codes, and protocols, as well as contact information for AAA offices worldwide. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for use on iOS devices and from Google Play for use on Android devices.

American Lawyer

The American Lawyer is a free app for use on the iPhone and iPad. The app provides instant access to recent issues of American Lawyer every month. The app may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law is a Bloomberg BNA’s mobile app, which enables the user to view results for legal and news searches, track dockets, view and share legal documents, and view news and company information. Full use of the app requires a Bloomberg Law subscription. The app is free and may be downloaded from theiTunes App Store and from Google Play.
The Bloomberg Law Reports app provides access to Bloomberg BNA Law Reports to Bloomberg BNA subscribers using iOS devices (log in with a current user ID and password is required). The app enables you to search BNA Law Reports and mark reports as favorites for future reference.

Court Directory by Bloomberg BNA is an iOS app that provides information about federal, state, and territorial courts in the United States. The app provides listings for state and federal court administrators, contact information for clerks and courts, information about the official reporters for case law in each state, and more. The app may be downloaded for $9.99 from the iTunes App Store.

California Courts

The California Courts app facilitates access to California’s bar directory of attorneys, PACER, the California rules of procedure, federal rules of procedure, California appellate court opinions, appellate dockets, and more. The app is $2.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and from Google Play for Android devices.

California Law

The California Law app enables users to search and browse all California statutes from their mobile devices. Features include: offline access, full-text search capability, search term highlighting, and bookmarking for later reference. The app is available for $29.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store (please note that developer Tekk Innovations also sells each code section separately, with an average price of $5.99 per code).

CaliforniaPro

CaliforniaPro was developed by the makers of the Congress+ app featured below. The app provides detailed information about all members of the California legislature. The app will help you identify your elected officials in the California legislature, retrieve their contact information, and obtain campaign and election information. The iPhone app is available for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

California Rules of Court

The California Rules of Court app provides convenient access to all of the California Rules of Court. The app provides offline access, full-text search capability, search term highlighting, and bookmarking for later reference.The app is available for $19.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

Cite-Checker

“Cite Checker: Your Guide to Using The Bluebook”, which was published by Wolters Kluwer, provides explanations of Bluebook rules and illustrates the application of rules with examples. The app also features a quiz that users may take to test their Bluebook knowledge. The app may be purchased from Google Play and the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

Congress by Sunlight Foundation

Congress by Sunlight Foundation is a handy reference app that provides with the latest news and information concerning Congress. With Congress, the user can learn about and connect with members of Congress, obtain information about and track pending legislation, and get information about committee listings for the House and Senate. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and from Google Play.

Congress+

Congress+ is an iPhone app that offers information about the current session of Congress (annual updates for sessions of Congress are available as in-app purchases for $0.99). The app will help you identify your elected officials in the House and Senate, retrieve their contact information, and obtain staff information, legislative activity and campaign information. The full federal version of the app is available for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Constitution of the United States

The Constitution of the United States with audio is an app created by West(law). The app features the complete text of the U.S. Constitution, including a table of contents for easy navigation, audio versions of the Constitution, an integrated and linkable index, and details on the ratification of the Constitution. The app is compatible for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad, and is available for purchase for $0.99 from the iTunes App Store. Google Play has a number of apps providing mobile access to the U.S. Constitution as well.

Courtroom Objections

This legal app that U.S. lawyers and law students may find helpful relative to the area of evidence. The app is based on the Federal Rules of Evidence and Texas Rules of Evidence. In the app, the user can review lists of common objections to admissibility and objections to form. In “authentication” under “Objections to Admissibility,” the user would be presented with suggested language for and an explanation of the objection. By scrolling down past the explanation, the user can click “Rule” to view the relevant rule of evidence. The app may be used on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices and is available for $2.99 to download from the iTunes App Store.

Docket in Your Pocket

The Docket in Your Pocket app provides unlimited access to the dockets in Pennsylvania’s Criminal Courts of Common Pleas, Magesterial District Courts, and Municipal Court. The developer has plans to expand the app to include other jurisdictions in the future. The app may be downloaded for use on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices from the iTunes App Store for $3.99. Users of Android devices may download the app from Google Play for $3.99.

dLaw

dLaw (formerly DroidLaw) app allows users to search, bookmark, copy, share, and annotate text of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Evidence, Appellate Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Bankruptcy Procedure. The app is is free and may be downloaded from Google Play. Add-on apps for full-text state codes for individual states are available in Google Play

Fastcase

The Fastcase app is configured for use by iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. From this free app, searches of the Fastcase database may be performed using citations, phrases, or keywords. Boolean operators and proximity connectors may be used in constructing search statements. Fastcase may be downloaded from Google Play and the iTunes App Store or from the Fastcase website at http://www.fastcase.com/iphone/

Fed Courts

The Fed Courts app provides access to the federal rules, local rules for all U.S. federal courts, and PACER. In addition, the app provides turn-by-turn directions to any federal courthouse in the U.S. The app is $2.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and from Google Play for Android devices.

HeinOnline

The HeinOnline app allows the user to view PDF copies of content in the HeinOnline library, access content by citation, browse law reviewss and journals, and use the full searching techniques of HeinOnline. The app is free (but IP authentication is required to access content) and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

ISCOTUSnow

ISCOTUSnow is a mobile app that offers the user the latest information and media on cases currently pending in Supreme Court of the United States, as well as those decided in the preceding term. The app provides access to searchable audio of oral arguments and transcripts, summaries of the Court’s most recent decisions, copies of the Court’s decisions, and cause of action location data. Social features are integrated with the app, allowing users to share reactions to current SCOTUS news in their social networks. ISCOTUSnow was developed by Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Illinois Institute of Technology, and may be downloaded for FREE from the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and from Google Play for Android devices.

LawBox

LawBox is a legal reference app that provides access to the text of the United States Code and state statutes from Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas. The app is FREE and may be used on all iOS devices. The app may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

LawStack

The LawStack app contains the text of the U.S. Constitution, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (as effective as of December 1, 2009). The user may also download titles of the Code of Federal Regulations, the U.S. Code, and statutes from a number of states, including California, as in-app purchases of approximately $1.99. LawStack is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

Legal Edge

Legal Edge is a legal news app that helps users keep informed about current legal developments with updates, news alerts, and case filings from various legal professionals in the United States. The app was developed by JD Supra and subject areas include, among others, real estate, banking and finance, immigration, insurance, consumer protection, taxes, bankruptcy, intellectual property, health law, labor and employment, legal marketing. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for use on all iOS devices.

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Apps

  • Lawyers.com app to search for lawyers or law firms from 160 countries. The app allows you to search by name, practice area, or location, to review lawyer ratings and profiles, and to obtain driving directions to a law office.
  • Lexis Advance for Solos is intended to be a more efficient research tool for solo practitioners; it features a single search interface, integrates results from the Internet, includes search filters that enable users to refine results, and provides tools with which to save queries. A subscription to Lexis Advance for Solos is required to utilize the app.
  • LexisNexis CourtLink is an app that allows the user to review recent court docket Alert and Tracking activity. With the app, the user can set up alerts to monitor activity on a specific case, to learn of newly filed cases in a particular practice area, or to learn of newly filed cases involving specific parties. A subscription to CourtLink is required to utilize the app.
  • LexisNexis Get Cases & Shepardize mobile app allows the user to retrieve U.S. cases and federal and state statutes from Lexis using citations and to Shepardize cases from your iPhone. Keyword searching is not available in the current version of the application. Only for users with active LexisNexis accounts may download the app for free.
  • LexisNexis Law School Q & A Series is an interactive app that aims to help law students study for final exams with multiple choice and essay questions for subjects typically covered in the law school curriculum. All Q & A subject areas were authored by law school professors considered to be experts in their chosen field. For each multiple-choice question, the authors provide detailed answers that indicate which of the options is the best answer and explains thoroughly why that option is better than the other choices. Each short-answer question is designed to be answered in fifteen minutes or less. For these questions, the authors provide model answers. Users must make an in-app purchase to buy the Q & A book that is desired (each book costs about $19.99). Q & A books are available to puchase in-app: administrative law, bankruptcy, constitutional law, copyright law, criminal law, criminal procedure, environmental law, evidence, federal estate and gift taxation, federal income tax, intellectual property, patent law, property, remedies, secured transactions, taxation of business entities, the First Amendment, torts, trademark and unfair competition, and wills, trusts & estates. Once a title is purchased, users can take a full practice exam and view results in the provided scoreboard. Practice exams may be taken multiple times.
  • LexisNexis Legal News app is intended to complement the LexisNexis law school services available to UCLA Law faculty, staff, and students. The app gathers a wide array of the best legal news from video, blog, and twitter sources, and pushes the data to users in a continuously updating content feed.
  • LexisNexis Quicklaw app allows the user to retrieve Canadian cases from the LexisNexis Quicklaw online legal research service and to validate said cases to ensure they remain good law. A subscription to Quicklaw is required to utilze the app.
  • LexisNexis Tax Law Community app content is pulled from blogs, podcasts, and legal news headines.

Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary

Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary is a great–and free–alternative to the Black’s Law Dictionary. The app may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for use on iOS devices, and from Google Play for use on Andrroid devices. The price for the app is $16.19.

OpenRegs app

OpenRegs is an app that provides convenient access to regulations published in the Federal Register. The app lets you track “significant” and “economically significant” regulations published in the Federal Register, locate recently issued notices of final and proposed rule-making, and browse regulations by agency or comment periods closing soon or recently opened. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary

The Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary (see more about this Dictionary here) is a legal reference app that provides definitions of more than 4,700 legal terms. Osborn’s has been published in print form for over 80 years, and is regarded as one of the best, concise dictionaries of English legal terms. The app enables the user to search for terms or to browse a list of terms. Where terms refer to others, cross-references are provided. The app also allows you to bookmark terms that the user find important, to make future reference convenient. The app sells for $13.99.

PocketJustice

The PocketJustice app provides you with abstracts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s constitutional decisions and access to audio files for its public sessions. The app includes voting alignments and biographical sketches for all Justices, searchable transcripts, and information and audio for constitutional law cases heard in the U.S. Supreme Court from October 1955 through 2012. The app is available for $0.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for use on all iOS devices. The app may also be downloaded for use on Android devices from Google Play for $0.99.

Presidential Documents

Released by GPO Mobile, the Presidential Documents app provides mobile access to documents released by the White House Press Secretary beginning in 2009 and concurrent with the change in the administration. The collection includes exectuive orders, speeches, statements, approved acts, nominations submitted to the Senate, White House announcements, and press released. Users can search documents by date, location, category, name, or subject. The app is available in http://m.gpo.gov/dcpd.

PushLegal’s Statutes and Case Law Library

PushLegal’s Statutes and Case Law Library is a legal reference app developed for use on all iOS, Droid, and Blackberry devices. The app provides access to statutes, court rules, and annotated case law – the developer refers to PushLegal as a “mobile law library created by lawyers for lawyers.” Links to case materials refer app users to Google Scholar for judicial opinions. Users may also access the law library contained in PushLegal online at www.pushlegal.com. A current list of the deskbooks available from the developer may be found at https://pushlegal.com/deskbooks/. The app is free but users are required to sign up for a subscription to access the contents of the PushLegal library.

TyMetrix RateDriver

The TyMetrix RateDriver app allows users to know law firm billing rates in major U.S. markets. The data available in the app is derived from actual attorney invoices and is based on a statistical model from the recently published Real Rate Report, which identifies the top five statistical drivers of any lawyer’s rate. The statistical model considers factors such as geography, practice area, firm size, and years of experience to provide estimates of average attorney fees for a U.S. lawyer fitting any particular profile.

RECALLS.GOV

RECALLS.GOV is a FREE mobile app created by the U.S. government that provides information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture about recall announcements. You can type a product’s name into your device and learn immediately whether the product has been recalled because of a safety concern. You can also use the app to see photos of recalled products and to learn what to do with recalled products in your home. The app is currently optimized for use on Android devices and is available for download at USA.gov. Owners of other devices may access the app using the mobile web by pointing their browsers to the following site: http://www.recalls.gov/.

Rulebook

Rulebook is an app that provides users mobile access to federal and state court rules. Among the features offered in Rulebook: fulltext searching of the user’s Rulebook library (specific court rules may be downloaded as in-app purchases), basic annotation tools, and hyperlink to other relevant rules. The app includes free and immediate updates to downloaded content. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog is the mobile app version of the popular blog that offers comprehensive coverage of cases and breaking news concerning the Supreme Court of the United States. The app provides access to news notifications, briefs and analysis for every case on the SCOTUS merits docket and cert. petitions that could be granted, videos, and more. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

Social Science Research Network (ISSRN)

The Social Science Research Network (iSSRN) app, users may search more than 260,000 research papers in the SSRN library, as well as email or view papers retrieved in search results. The iSSRN app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and may be downloaded for FREE from the iTunes App Store.

Smart Dockets

The Smart Dockets app by American Legalnet Inc. is a new legal calendaring app for the iPhone and iPad. The app allows you to calculate dates and deadlines using court rules and event descriptionsm and calendaring reports can be emailed in HTML or PDF format or exported as calendar appointments. The app is FREE and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

TransLegal’s Law Dictionary

The TransLegal’s Law Dictionary provides definitions for thousands of legal terms, sound recordings to aid pronunciation, and contextual examples to aid in understanding legal terms. The app has several flexible search features, including wildcard searching, which enables you to locate terms regardless of misspelling. The app is currently available for $24.99 for use on iOS devices from the iTunes App Store.

TrialEvidence

The TrialEvidence app is a reference tool for reviewing common courtroom evidentiary foundations used to admit items into evidence. The app is currently configured for use on iOS devices. The app may be downloaded for $1.99 from the iTunes App Store.

United States Code App

U.S.C. is a reference app that provides full access to all titles of the United States Code. The app is optimized for use on the iPad and you may bookmark sections, search by keyword or citation, and forward sections of text via email. The app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation

The U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation app provides a mobile version of the legal treatise prepared by attorneys of the Congressional Research Service at the direction of the United States Senate and issued as Senate Document No. 112-9. Developed by the Library of Congress, this app is free and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

Wolfram Lawyer’s Professional Assistant

The Wolfram Lawyer’s Professional Assistant is a legal reference tool that provides access to a dictionary of legal terms, statutes of limitations for each state in the U.S., a tool for calendar calculations, a variety of calculators, and crime rate and demographic data. The app is powered by the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine and is compatible for use on all iOS devices. The app sells for $4.99 and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.